ERJ staff report (TP)
Hanover, Germany – Continental has refined its Conti.eContact tire for hybrid models and received the EU Tire Label’s top A rating for wet grip and rolling resistance.
The new summer tire was originally launched in 2011 and is the first from Conti to obtain this rating.
The firm said: “With immediate effect we are offering the tire in six sizes for 17 and 18-inch rims, specially designed for models such as the Opel Ampera, BMW 5 ActiveHybrid, Lexus LS 600h and Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, as well as other cars and SUVs with hybrid drive.
“Given that this is a new vehicle segment that also involves highly complex production processes, Continental is kicking off with low-volume production at its French tire plant in Sarreguemines.”
Continental’s in-house studies also point to incremental growth in the proportion of hybrid vehicles in the passenger car segment, which could account for as much as eight percent by 2020.