Apollo Unveils Concept Tyres
Apollo Tyres is a manufacturer moving up in the world; the company is in the process of significantly expanding its production capacity, and the acquisition of overseas companies plus the establishment of a greenfield facility in Europe is on the cards. A further sign that Apollo aspires to bigger and better things is the unveiling of its, and India’s, first concept tyres.
The first of these is called the Aspire TT and has been designed for Apollo by Turin based Tom Tjaarda, designer of over 70 well-known cars including the De Tomaso Pantera, VW Karmann Ghia 1500, Fiat 124 Spyder and Ferrari 330GT and 365 GT Coupe. The Aspire TT features a bi-directional asymmetric tread pattern. Displayed alongside the Aspire TT at the Auto Expo 2008 in New Delhi was the Dolphin concept, a tyre offering strong wet weather performance.
“These two concepts are a demonstration of the company’s ability to deliver on the various aspects of design and technology,” said Neeraj R S Kanwar, joint managing director and COO of Apollo Tyres. “I am encouraging my teams to start thinking beyond what seems possible and make the impossible a reality for our customers. Both these concepts can be brought to market in a few months time, if we decide to convert them into products.”
As at the recent Tyrexpo Asia exhibition, Apollo brought its eye-catching glass and steel stall to Auto Expo 2008, an exhibition stand the company believes showcases its strengths and product range. Alongside the two concepts the company displayed products from its Apollo and Regal brands, including high-speed passenger radial and 4×4 ranges – both summer and winter tyres, commercial vehicle radials and cross-ply and OTR tyres.