Bridgestone Makes its Citroën OE Debut
At the start of 2008 it was stated that the upcoming launch of two new Citroën models, scheduled for release in the second half of 2009, would end more than seven decades of exclusive Michelin supply to the French manufacturer in Europe. This day has finally arrived – Bridgestone has announced OE supply on the 2010 C3 compact and the DS3, the first model in Citroën’s new premium DS line.
Bridgestone’s Turanza ER300 tyres in size 185/65 R15 88H were fitted as standard on the new C3 5-door hatchback when it debuted in European showrooms last November. Citroën has also selected Bridgestone’s top sport tyre, the Potenza RE050A in size 205/45 R17 88V XL for the new DS3 3-door hatchback. The tyre has an asymmetric tread designed to provide high-level wet safety, and Bridgestone comments that it meets Citroën’s specification for outstanding dry braking performance.
“Bridgestone is extremely pleased to work with Citroën and supply flagship Potenza and Turanza tyres for the launch of these two exciting new models,” commented Didier Schneider, vice president Original Equipment, Bridgestone Europe. “Both our companies share the same commitment to creativity and technology. Expanding our business with French car manufacturers and a top European player like Citroën strengthens our position as a global player.”