Going the Extra Mile
With the European Commission predicting that 81 per cent of freight transport will be delivered by road by 2020, long-distance or highway tyres have become a real focus for the premium manufacturers. Prior to the M749’s official debut at the Hanover IAA Commercial Vehicle show, Tyres & Accessories visited Bridgestone’s Aprilia proving ground to see the Japanese manufacturer’s new highway tyre in action.
Bridgestone’s latest drive axle offering is clearly presented to fight off the company’s number one competitor and therefore it promises much. According to Bridgestone officials the new M749 is more cost efficient because of superior mileage, excellent rolling resistance, and a “high capacity” for re-grooving and retreading. The demonstrations Bridgestone staff gave on the track were particularly designed to show the product also has strengths in “handling and wet safety.”