Following its rise to prominence and a couple of months after Royal Mail began trialling the same brand, leading parcel delivery firm DPD is conducting “full road trials” of Enso tyres for commercial electric vehicles (EVs). The DPD/Enso trial is a part of Transport for Londons FreightLab Innovation Challenge, which is encouraging innovations that will tackle Londons air pollution and road congestion due to increased freight movement in the Greater London area. The London FreightLab Innovation Challenge is backed by the Mayor of London and Enso is based in London.
Continental tyres for Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance
Continental shares that the new Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance is being delivered with its tyres as original equipment. The plug-in hybrid, which is the most powerful roadgoing AMG vehicle ever, wears the SportContact 6 at the front in size 265/40 ZR 20 (104Y) XL and 295/35 ZR 20 (105Y) XL on the rear wheels. Both dimensions are marked MO1B on the sidewall to denote their OE status.
Massimo Mori has joined Yokohama Off-Highway Tires (YOHT) as the company’s country manager for Italy. He began in this position in July and assumes a remit to lead the aftermarket business in Italy for the Alliance & Galaxy brands. He reports to Sandeep Unni, YOHT’s regional head for South Europe.
The latest Pirelli winter tyre for mid-sizes cars and CUVs has arrived, and the tyre maker reports that the Cinturato Winter 2 debuts a number of “important new technologies” that it has pioneered, such as sipes on the tread pattern that become longer throughout the tyre’s life, thereby capturing more snow to provide more grip. Pirelli is launching the Cinturato Winter 2 in 36 sizes for 16- to 20-inch rim diameters and promotes the tyre as a product that “offers extra control in snowy and wet conditions” and “market-leading performance in all sorts of winter weather.”
Hubtracs global management team has announced that it will increase sales expectations for the fourth quarter of 2021 and complete “the latest market positioning and orientation of Hubtrac tyres by the end of the year.”
The long-term partnership between Continental Tire and the top-flight men’s football league in the USA and Canada has been extended, and to commemorate this renewal of the relationship during its 150th anniversary year, Continental is gifting US$150,000 to the “incredibly passionate” fans of Major League Soccer (MLS), the Club Supporters Groups.
Linglong achieves OE ‘breakthrough’ with Honda JV in China
Linglong Tire says the start of its original equipment tyre supply to the Honda Crider represents “another milestone breakthrough” for the company in the global OE tyre market. It shipped the first batch of tyres to Guangqi Honda in September 2021, almost three years after commencing development work on OE tyres for the Crider, an exclusive to China model that sits in the Honda range between the Civic and Accord.
Toyo Tires continues as main partner of UCI Cyclo-Cross
Toyo Tires is extending its support as main partner of the UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. Together with the UCI, Flanders Classics and the other main partners, Toyo Tires is continuing to “build on the growing international appeal of this elite sport.”
Polyphony Digital Inc., developer of the Gran Turismo series for Playstation consoles since 1997, has chosen Brembo as the official technical partner in braking systems for Gran Turismo 7. The new video game will be available for PS4 and PS5 consoles from 4 March 2022.
Zanardo succeeds Berardi as Pirelli Tire North America’s CEO
Claudio Zanardo has been named the next chief executive officer of Pirelli Tire North America. He will begin in this role on 1 November, succeeding Pietro Berardi, who is leaving the company to pursue a new professional challenge. Zanardo joins the North American team from Pirelli’s headquarters in Milan, where he has most recently served as senior vice-president Moto and Velo.
Merityre, Bridgestone, Stapleton’s scoop big Tyre Industry Awards 2021
The National Tyre Distributors Association has presented a bumper crop of awards during its 92nd Annual Dinner in Birmingham. In the headline awards, Merityre was made the Overall Tyre Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Pirelli Tyres, Bridgestone took first place in Tyre Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by The Commercial Vehicle Show, while Stapleton’s Tyre Services became 2021’s Tyre Wholesaler of the Year, sponsored by Compilator / Team Systems. Tyrepress reported the announcement of the award winners, in addition to the day’s Tyre Industry Conference, live via Twitter.
Ukranian tyre maker Rosava has shared an update on its activities in the US tyre market. It began exporting tyres to the USA in 2019, initially exporting 50,000 tyres a year. Rapid growth ensued, and Rosava reports that it has shipped 400,000 tyres to the USA in the first nine months of 2021.