Giti gets 1st European LCV OE fitment with VW Crafter
Giti Tire’s GitiVanHD1 tyre has been selected as original equipment for the award-winning VW Crafter. Named Parkers’ 2020 Best Large Van of the Year, the Crafter will roll off the Wreszenia, Poland production line on the size 205/70R17 C115/113R tyre on the front and rear axles. The rear axle is a twin fitment, distributing the load across four tyres. The deal marks Giti Tire’s first European light commercial vehicle OE fitment.
The GitiVanHD1 features the latest generation of tread compound for good wet grip and high mileage performance, a reinforced sidewall construction and a robust shoulder block design for stable handling under high loads.
The tyre was designed and engineered at Giti Tire’s European Research & Development Centre in Hannover, with testing at the company’s MIRA facility in the UK as well as key locations in Germany and Spain.
Martin Wells, director OEM Europe at Giti Tire, said: “To secure our first OE fitment with VW Commercial Vehicles further strengthens our excellent relationship with the Volkswagen Group, one that we will continue to build on across passenger car and light truck.
“The fitment will undoubtedly create extra demand around Europe, not just in terms of like-for-like replacements but for second and third generation van owners who want a tyre that can be trusted to deliver a top-class performance day-in, day-out.”