Pirelli claims all-season advance
Pirelli has rolled out a new all-season tire, claiming it to be “the quietest tire of them all, with reduced braking [distance} in the wet, dry and on snow. longer life and lower fuel consumption.” The Cinturato All Season SF2 is available with puncture-sealant and runflat technologies as well as a version for EVs. The compound becomes softer in cold and wet conditions, more rigid when it is dry, partly due to the use of “biphasic” polymeric materials chemically linked by silica particles, which also help to lower rolling resistance.
Sumitomo opens new ice-field testing facility
Sumitomo Rubber Industries opened a major indoor on-ice tire testing facility at its winter-tire proving ground in Nayoro City, Hokkaido. The ‘Nayoro Indoor ice field’ (NICE) features a 100m braking test course and 30x30m turning test course for high-precision testing regardless of weather conditions = thereby speeding up development work.
BKT tires for sustainable farming
BKT has expanded its V-Flexa range of radial tires for agricultural trailers with three new sizes: VF 600/65 R 26.5, VF 650/55 R 26.5 and VF 560/60 R 22.5. The tires are designed to transport 20% more weight with the same air pressure than standard tires. The latest-generation Flotation product features a tread with three belt layers in HD steel which provides greater strength to the casing and hence resistance against damage. An extra-large tire-print optimises load distribution and reduces soil-compaction.
Nokian promises concept tire from “eco-friendly materials” by 2025
Nokian Tyres is to introduce a concept winter tire made using only renewable and recycled materials by 2025. The company said 28 Jan that it already uses bio-based materials such as canola oil in its products and actively researcheseco-friendly materials as well the utilisation of recycled materials. “By designing this concept tire we will start a new foundation for future innovations for a better tomorrow,” says Olli Seppälä, Nokian Tyres’ Head of R&D.
Goodyear in connected truck tire link-up…
Goodyear on announced a collaboration with ConMet to create combined digital solutions that will better connect commercial truck fleets to the health of their tires. The companies will use their combined expertise in connected mobility and existing data resources to provide fleets with holistic insights on tire and wheel end performance. The goal is to allow fleets to remotely monitor their vehicles in real time, automate insights and make better maintenance decisions in order to improve vehicle safety, as well as maximize efficiency and uptime.
… and boards autonomous Starship
Goodyear Ventures, the Akron tire maker’s venture capital arm, has added autonomous delivery company Starship Technologies to its investment portfolio. Founded in 2014, Starship builds and operates a network of self-driving robots that carry and deliver packages, groceries and food directly to customers. Its electrically powered, autonomous robots are completing thousands of deliveries daily and have traveled millions of miles in several cities across the world as they offer people a convenient, contactless delivery service.
Hankook's UHP summer and winter tires for Audi RS Q8
Hankook is to equip the Audi RS Q8 with its premium tires ex works. The 600 hp Audi Sport vehicle will come off the production line fitted with Hankook's ultra-high performance Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV summer tyres in 22-inch, or optionally the i*cept evo 2 SUV winter tyres in 22- or 23-inches. A two-layer carcass and the use of an aramid composite material reduce the unwanted expansion of the rolling circumference at high speeds by up to 60% compared to previous profiles. Performance on both dry and wet roads is further enhanced by a new tread compound using high-performance natural resins.
Kumho claims pole in China Red Dot awards
Kumho has claimed to be the only tire maker to have gained a 2020 China Red Dot Design Award. The mark was granted to the company’s Majesty 9 Solus TA93 asymmetric summer tire engineered specifically for the Chinese market. Features include ‘sound harmony’ technology, optimised contact-pressure and increased durability.
A Nokian for all seasons in N America
Nokian Tyres has introduced an all-season passenger vehicle tire for the North American market. Called the One, it complements light-truck, SUV all-season products released last year. Employing proprietary Aramid reinforcement technology, it is designed particularly for safety, fuel-efficiency and durability.
New Michelin tire on Porsche 911 GT3
Paris: Michelin has developed a ‘specific tire’ for Porsche’s recently launched 911 GT3 Cup (992) model, reserved for its single-make championships.
The French tire maker said it created the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup N3, combining “superior grip and consistency with longer life.” As part of the joint development process, Michelin said the size of the tire’s contact patch has been increased through a reinforced architecture and the use of “new, more resilient materials.”
VW’s electric car sets new world record on Hankook tires
Seoul: Volkswagen’s electric vehicle VW ID.3 has completed a tour of Germany on Hankook Winter i*cept evo 3 tires. After driving for 65 days and more than 28,000 kilometres across Germany, the campaigning team set a world record for the longest continuous journey with an electric vehicle through a single country, said Hankook in a statement 14 Dec.
New Pirelli Scorpion Zero all-season on Land Rover Defender
Milan, Italy: Pirelli and Land Rover have co-developed new Scorpion Zero all season tires that will feature as original equipment on the latest Defender. Created through ‘an intense’ development programme, the ultra-high performance tire is intended for SUVs and designed to deliver maximum performance both in the dry and in the wet, Pirelli announced 15 Dec. The tire, is an upgraded model of Pirelli’s ‘standard’ Scorpion Zero all season, featuring improved off-road ability and reduced rolling resistance.
Falken Azenis FK510 standard fit on new Toyota Mirai
Tokyo – Sumitomo Rubber Industries has begun supplying high-performance Falken Azenis FK510 tires to Toyota Motor Corp. for use as factory standard tires on its new model Mirai, a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which went on sale this December. The high-performance Azenis FK510 tires feature asymmetrical tread pattern that optimises the distribution of pressure through the contact footprint. The feature, in addition to a “rounder” profile design, provide “superior stability and manoeuvrability performance” when driving at higher speeds, SRI said in a 15 Dec statement.
BKT launches new Agrimax V-Flecto sizes
Seregno, Italy: Indian off-road tire maker BKT has expanded the range of its lead product, Agrimax V-Flecto. According to the company, a new size is already available in addition to three new sizes currently under development. The new size is VF 710/70 R 42 and will will soon be followed by VF 750/70 R 44, VF 710/75 R 38 and VF 710/55 R 38, BKT said in a statement 15 Dec.
Pirelli tires OE on Porsche Taycan
Weissach, Germany: German car maker Porsche AG has selected Pirelli P7 and P Zero Elect tires – a new range of tires designed to meet the distinct performance needs of electric vehicles – as original equipment fitments for its electric-driven four-door four-wheel-drive Taycan sports car. The designation is the first OE fitment for the Elect line, which Pirelli Tyre SpA said was developed in line with its "perfect fit philosophy."
Goodyear targeting light-truck sectors with new line
Akron, Ohio: Goodyear's consumer business unit is focusing its attention in 2021 on its light truck/SUV tire lineup with the launch of the new Wrangler Workhorse Powerline, encompassing three tires designed for both highway and off-road applications. The Wrangler Workhorse Powerline portfolio — comprising HT, AT and RT applications — focuses on longevity, utility and enhanced traction. The new lineup is expected to launch in the third quarter of 2021.
ContiConnect Live available for “specialist vehicles”
Hanover, Germany: Continental AG has extended the supply of digital tire monitoring application ContiConnect Live to “specialist vehicles”, the company announced 7 Dec. The service, which complements ContiPressureCheck and ContiConnect Yard had previously been offered for truck fleets. The cloud-based real-time data service will initially be rolled out in Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, UK, Finland, Sweden, Norway, France and Portugal.
Michelin expands CrossGrip range with two new sizes
London: Michelin has introduced two new sizes of its multi-purpose, all-season CrossGrip tires for operators of backhoe loaders, skid steer loaders, telehandlers and small tractors. The new 440/80 R34 and 480/80 R34 CrossGrip fitments expand the range, which was launched in 2018, to 12 dimensions, available on both the original equipment and replacement markets. CrossGrip tires form part of Michelin’s Compact Line range and offer a high load capacity and special rubber formula designed for year-round use.
Conti’s AllSeasonContact takes wins Auto Express tire test
London: Continental’s AllSeasonContact has won the top spot in this year’s all-season tire test from the UK's weekly selling car magazine, Auto Express. Debuted in 2018, the tire is Continental’s first all-season tire for Europe and combined elements of both Continental’s premium summer and winter tires, the tire maker announced 26 Nov.
Goodyear, Maxxis earn Ford World Excellence awards
Dearborn, Michigan: Ford Motor Co. has honoured Cheng Shin Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd. and Goodyear as top-performing global suppliers at the 22nd annual Ford World Excellence Awards, held virtually 17 Nov.
Taiwan's Cheng Shin Rubber – Maxxis International – was recognised as a sustainability supplier of the year winner and Goodyear earned a special recognition award for its performance in the area of delivery.
Apollo introduces ‘most-advanced’ cross ply tire
Gurgaon, India: Apollo Tyres has launched what is describes as “the most advanced cross ply lug tire” for commercial vehicles in India. The XT-100HD offers high load carrying capacity and mileage, while ensuring “the most durable casing in the industry,” Apollo said in a statement 26 Nov. According to Apollo, the tires are produced at company’s facility in Vadodara, Gujarat, and have been “extensively tested” on customers’ vehicles in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh.
Hankook on limited Mini John Cooper Works GP
Seoul: The new MINI John Cooper Works GP, limited to the production of 3,000 cars worldwide, is exclusively fitted with Hankook’s new ultra-ultra-high performance (UUHP) summer tire Ventus S1 Evo Z, Hankook announced 19 Nov. In addition, the tire line-up includes Ventus TD for racing purposes and winter tire I*cept evo 2.
Bridgestone to upgrade Potenza line,
Nashville, Tennessee: Bridgestone Americas plans to address key market segments in 2021 with upgraded Potenza ultra-high-performance tires and an all-season luxury/SUV/CUV performance tire dubbed the Alenza Ultra AS, the company announced during its consumer dealer network event 18 Nov.
“Tailor-made” Pirelli Scorpion ATR on all-new Ford F-150
New York: Pirelli has “tailor-made” a Scorpion ATR tire specifically for the all-new Ford F-150 which was launched earlier this Autumn. Co-developed over the past two and half years, the tire has ‘maximum level of grip with improved rolling resistance’, thanks to a new mould profiles. A new tread design also reduces tire’s noise by up to three decibels, according to Pirelli.
Falken Ziex all-season OE on the 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan
Rancho Cucamonga, California: Toyota Motor has selected a 17-inch size of the Falken Ziex ZE001A all-season tire as an OE fitment on the redesigned 2021 Sienna minivan, which is due in North American showrooms by late 2020 or early 2021. The fourth-generation Sienna, which features a hybrid powertrain across all trim levels, reflects Toyota's attempt to redefine the minivan segment by targeting the vehicle at a wider array of life stages and activities, according to Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. (SRNA), producer of the Falken brand.
Avon Tyres featured on restored Evel Knievel motorcycle
Topeka, Kansas: One of the most famous motorcycles in history has been re-"tired." Evel Knievel's original 1968-spec "American Eagle" Laverda recently was restored with Avon motorcycle tires. The famous stunt performer's refurbished motorcycle – which Knievel used to make a host of jumps during the late 1960s and early 1970s – was unveiled 6 Nov at the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka.
Hankook gains OE fitment on 2021 Silverado/Sierra pickups
Nashville, Tennessee: General Motors Co. has selected an 18-inch version of Hankook Tire's Dynapro MT2 light truck tire as an OE fitment on its 2021 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500HD models.
The fitments extend Hankook Tire America Corp.'s OE supply relationship with General Motors, which began in 2002 and includes multiple fitments on Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models.
Goodyear's WinterCommand Ultra tire available for purchase
Akron, Ohio: Goodyear's WinterCommand Ultra tire — which was among the new products promoted at the tire maker's Customer Conference held in early February in Aurora, Colorado — is now available for purchase in the US and Canada. According to Goodyear, the studless tire excels in wet handling, wet cornering grip, deep water curved hydroplaning and ride comfort, providing optimal grip for drivers looking to maximize traction and improve starting and stopping in winter conditions.
Avon launches new all-season tire
Melksham, UK: Avon Tyres has add a new all-season tire to its passenger car radial and SUV line-up, the company announced 6 Nov. The new tire, Avon AS7, boasts both 3PMSF (three peak mountain snow flake) and M+S (mud and snow) ratings, and is designed to deliver “reliable traction in unpredictable weather and demanding conditions all year round.”
Bridgestone develops 'all-terrain' tires for Ineos Grenadier
Bridgestone tires will be standard fitment on the Grenadier, a much-awaited debut from automotive newcomer Ineos Automotive. To be released in early 2022, the rugged 4x4 will arrive on the market with Bridgestone Dueler A/T 001 tyres as its standard fitment on both 17” and 18” wheel variants, the tire maker announced 5 Nov.
Hankook launches a new all-season pattern under Laufenn Brand
Neu-Isenburg, Germany: Hankook has added an all-season pattern for passenger cars and small-to-medium sized SUV’s to its Laufenn brand tire portfolio. The addition is part of Hankook’s continuous global expansion with its second brand Laufenn, launched in 2015. The all-new Laufenn G FIT 4S will initially be available on the European market in sizes 13-18 inches, Hankook said.
Goodyear recognised by Lockheed Martin as 'elite supplier'
Akron, Ohio: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. has recently named Goodyear an "elite supplier." The award is reserved for the top 1% of Lockheed Martin's more than 1,400 suppliers, Goodyear said in a statement 4 Nov. The honour is in recognition of Goodyear's contributions to the F-35 Lightning II programme at the aircraft maker.
Pirelli develops Scorpion tires for Rivian's EV pickup, SUV
Irvine, California: Electric-vehicle startup Rivian Automotive LLC will use specially engineered versions of the Pirelli Scorpion light truck tire as the exclusive tire fitments on its R1T pickup and R1S SUV.
Pirelli and Rivian co-developed dedicated versions of Pirelli's Scorpion Verde All Season, Scorpion Zero All Season and Scorpion All Terrain lines in 20-, 21- and 22-inch rim diameter sizes to meet Rivian's specifications, Pirelli said in a 2 Nov statement.
Among the distinct characteristics Rivian specified for its vehicles are low rolling resistance, low noise generation, light weight and grip.
Hankook, Bridgestone win TyreSafe’s awards
Daventry, UK: Hankook Tyre UK has won TyreSafe’s Tyre Manufacturer of the Year Award for a second year in a row. The award recognises Hankook’s “significant contribution to raising driver awareness of tire safety-related issues,” the Korean tire maker announced 29 Oct.
Bridgestone UK was also awarded TyreSafe innovation & use of technology award for a host of “technologically advanced products and services” across its business, the Japanese tire maker announced 27 Oct.
The award recognises Bridgestone’s technologies such as “first-of-its-kind” monitoring system for detecting tire damage issues in real-time, TPMS for mining and off-the-road tires offered by Bridgestone’s iTrack Solutions, and its Webfleet Solutions.
TRA warns against operator non-compliance
London: An increasing number of small tire recycling operators are failing to meet legal requirements associated with the size of their businesses, according to recent surveys by the UK Environment Agency (EA).
A 2019 inspection of almost 60 sites in England showed more than 30% of operators were legally non-compliant with the ‘T8 exemptions’, which are designed for small businesses, said UK’s Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) in a 28 Oct statement. In addition, in a survey of operators in first eight months of 2020, showed that almost 50% of sites visited failed to meet the legal requirements under the exemption regulation.
Kumho wins “all four” top design awards in 2020
Seoul: Korean tire maker Kumho Tire has claimed the “extraordinary feat of winning all four world’s top design awards” in the same year. The Seoul-based manufacturer announced 14 Oct that it had been presented with the Good Design Award 2020 for two of its new products: the Solus HA32 and PorTran CW11. Kumho had already won the German iF Design and Red Dot accolades as well the American IDEA Design Award earlier this year.
Hankook tire OE fitments on new Audi RS models
Neu-Isenburg, Germany: Hankook is expanding its original equipment business with Audi AG, now supplying tires to two new RS models. The Korean tire maker is now supplying its Ventus S1 evo 3 models and Winter i*cept evo 2 to the Audi RS 6 Avant and Audi RS 7 Sportback, which were launched earlier this year.
The Ventus S1 evo 3 is equipped with a high-strength bead core which, in combination with the reinforced sidewall, is claimed to provide sporty and dynamic handling as well as driving control, straight-line stability and steering precision. Hankook Winter i*cept evo 2, with asymmetric tread, is supplied as an optional winter tire for both Audi RS models.
Goodyear names Canadian distributor
Peterborough, Ontario: Goodyear has added Kadex Aero Supply Ltd. of Peterborough as a distributor of its aviation tires in Canada, in a bid to expand its reach in the country, the US tire maker announced 28 Oct.
Kadex is a family-owned and -operated aircraft parts and service distributor with locations in Calgary, Alberta, and Peterborough. The Kadex partnership is not exclusive; Goodyear will still work with its existing Canadian distributors.
GRI supplying farm tires to Belgian OEM Joskin
Colombo, Sri Lanka: Speciality tire manufacturer Global Rubber Industries (GRI) will be supplying agricultural tires to Joskin Col, a Belgium-based manufacturer of farm machinery.
GRI is supplying its Green Ex FL700 heavy duty floatation tire for Joskin slurry tankers, the tire maker said 30 Oct. The specially designed tire is able to withstand heavy loads and performs well under harsh conditions, GRI said. The tire has a wide tread design and heavy load capacity at low inflation pressure, providing for increased balance and reduced soil compaction.
Kumho named OE supplier for the new Škoda Octavia
Seoul: Kumho Tire has been named as the OE tire supplier for Škoda’s latest generation Octavia, the tire maker announced 26 Oct. The new Octavia now comes equipped with Kumho’s ultra-high performance (UHP) ECSTA PS71 tire, which was developed at the company’s new R&D Centre at Yongin near Seoul, and has been designed for outstanding high-speed stability.
Bridgestone's Blizzak LM005 wins another European test
Bridgestone’s flagship winter tire Blizzak LM005, has recently picked up a string of award wins from renowned European test magazines. The UK’s Auto Express and Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, ACE Auto Club Europa, Autozeitung and Auto Bild sportscars all named the Blizzak LM005 winner of their respective 2020 winter tire tests, Bridgestone announced 19 Oct. The tire maker launched Blizzak LM005 in early 2019.