ERJ staff report (DS)
Detroit, Michigan -- The new Passat CC four-door, which just premiered at the Detroit Motor Show, leaves the plant equipped with self-sealing Continental tyres. Conti said its ContiSeal product makes allows a vehicle to continue on its ways even after a tyre has been punctured with a screw or nail:
A protective layer on the inside of the tread immediately seals holes that develop when screws or nails puncture the tyre, so that no air can escape. "The seal works on nearly all leaks caused by objects up to 5 millimeters in diameter", says Detlef ZschÃ¶rner, head of the Automotive Group Volkswagen / Audi at Continental. "That means they can take care of about 85 percent of typical flat tyres."
Depending on the vehicle design, the ContiSeal tyres for the Passat CC have the size 235/45 R 17 W or 235/40 R 18 W and are manufactured with the tread of the ContiSportContact 3 high-tech tyre.
Continental is introducing the ContiSeal technology at the Geneva International Motor Show, booth 354 in hall 6. Volkswagen will be showcasing the Passat CC with the self-sealing tyres as part of its European premiere at the Geneva show as well (hall 2, booth 2.261).
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Press release from Continental