Dunlop expands light truck tyre portfolio to meet demand for seasonal mobility
Dunlop is extending its Econodrive range of light truck tyres to include winter and all-season fitments. Two new products, the Dunlop Econodrive AS (all-season) and Dunlop Econodrive Winter, expand the existing Dunlop Econodrive light truck range. This includes the summer tyres Dunlop Econodrive and Dunlop Econodrive LT. Dunlop said the new additions help to position the brand to compete in the value segment of the light truck tyre market.
All-season tyres are a logical choice for smaller vehicles primarily used in urban areas, and for this reason, it is surprising that few tyre tests focus on fitments for cars such as these. Tyre Reviews addressed this in its 2023 all-season test, looking at ten tyres in size 195/65 R15. Site founder and resident tester Jonathan Benson fitted these to a VW Golf 7 and evaluated the tyres’ performance in dry, wet and snowy conditions as well as for comfort and value.
Bridgestone ‘delighted’ with upcoming Formula E tyre supply
Elaborating upon the FIA announcement that Bridgestone will take over from Hankook as the sole tyre supplier of the Formula E World Championship from the 2026-2027 season, Bridgestone emphasises that the all-electric race series will become “a cornerstone of the company’s sustainable global motorsports strategy.” Furthermore, it intends to use supply arrangements such as this to “continue to develop and refine sustainable technology” and to “accelerate innovation” that delivers val
The FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has convened for its final meeting of 2023, and during this meeting the WMSC approved the WRC Commission’s recommendation to appoint Hankook as the official tyre partner and supplier to the FIA World Rally Championship. Hankook will commence in this role in 2025, initially for three years.
Nokian Tyres has refreshed its summer tyre range with two new products, Powerproof 1 and Wetproof 1. It will offer a total of 99 new products for cars, CUVs and SUVs in 15- to 20-inch rim diameters, with both lines debuting in time for summer 2024.
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Cooper Melksham tyre factory site could be made into 600 houses
7th December 2023
In October 2022, Goodyear announced that the Cooper Tire Europe headquarters and manufacturing operation was set to close around a year later. In November 2023, the land associated with the tyre plant went up for sale in parallel with plans to redevelop the site into residential premises.
When Kumho Tire recently shared news about its tyre made from 80 per cent sustainable materials, we couldn’t help but notice that the accompanying artwork featured a different company logo than the one in use since Doublestar acquired the company. The tyre maker says this new logo is “designed to represent modernity, strength and commitment to the future,” but it also places further distance between the brand and former parent company the Kumho Asiana Group.