Conti supplies SportContact 7, EcoContact 6 Q, WinterContact TS 860 S tyres to BMW 5 Series, i5
Continental has won a new tyre supply deal for BMW’s latest 5 Series. The tyre manufacturer will supply the SportContact 7 for sporty driving, the energy efficient EcoContact 6 Q summer tyre, and the WinterContact TS 860 S winter tyre after its products were approved for the entire series, including the all-electric i5.
The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has confirmed that it is supplying its Advan dB V551 and Aspec A349 tyres as original equipment (OE) to Honda Motor Co. Ltd. for use on the brand’s new Odyssey minivan, which is slated for December 2023 launch in Japan. Specifically, the Odyssey is being equipped with the Advan dB V551 in 225/50R18 95V and Aspec A349 in 215/60R17 96H.
Tesla’s Cybertruck is back in the headlines. Elon Musk’s decision to repeat the now infamous Cybertruck armoured glass demonstration paired with the Cybertruck’s infinitely more impressive drag race win against a Porsche 911 – while towing a 911 – has ensured that much. But which tyres are carrying all that load and handling all that torque? Back in 2019, we broke the news that Goodyear was supplying tyres for the Tesla Cybertruck, but is that still the case and if so, which factory is supplying some of the highest of high-torque-high-load tyres?
Ring’s cordless tyre inflator an IAAF’s Product of the Year Awards finalist
Premium quality automotive lighting and auto electrics supplier, Ring, has been selected as a finalist for the IAAF Pride of Aftermarket Product of the Year Awards 2023, with its cordless tyre inflator that was launched earlier this year as the nominated product.
New van demand grows for 11th month but EV uptake needs 2024 boost
Britain’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grew by 12.7 per cent in November as 27,433 vans, pickups and 4x4s joined Britain’s fleets, according to the latest figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The performance is 4.6 per cent above pre-pandemic 2019 levels and represents 11 consecutive months of rising demand, totalling 311,754 units – the largest volume for two years as product availability continues to improve.
Decline in battery electric vehicle sales underlines continuing need to address demand – Deloitte
The -17.1 per cent decline in battery electric vehicle registrations in November may have been a result of supply chain issues, but analysts argued that the setback on the electrification of the UK car parc also underlines the need to continue addressing issues affecting consumer demand. Jamie Hamilton, automotive partner and head of electric vehicles at Deloitte, said: “In a month where we’ve seen significant announcements in the UK supporting electric vehicle (EV) production, the decline in sales of battery electric vehicles in November is a reminder that we also need to think about demand and the underlying charging infrastructure that’s required for consumer adoption.
Nokian Tyres has refreshed its summer tyre range with two new products, Powerproof 1 and Wetproof 1. It will offer a total of 99 new products for cars, CUVs and SUVs in 15- to 20-inch rim diameters, with both lines debuting in time for summer 2024.
Following independent field and laboratory testing, the German Agricultural Society (DLG) has given the BKT Agrimax V-Flecto its DLG Approved quality mark. The quality assurance organisation tested the BKT tyre in sizes VF650/65 R42 and VF540/65 R30 before granting the quality mark on the basis of its performance in the ‘Resources Protection’ and ‘User Friendliness’ test modules.
Apollo celebrates Vredestein Quatrac’s strong performance in Auto Express all-season tyre test
Apollo Tyres is celebrating the achievement of its latest Vredestien Quatrac all-season tyre, after the product secured second place in the 2023 Auto Express All Season Tyre Test. Developed for mid-sized family cars and SUVs, the Quatrac was given a ’Recommended’ rating alongside the winning Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3, having proved its all-round performance in all conditions – it was top in braking on snow and in the wet, while it only dropped one place in the dry braking test, emphasising its safety credentials. Overall, it was just 0.1 per cent behind the winner. The Quatrac could also be called a value champion, acquired for a price around 20 per cent cheaper than the winning tyre.
MAK-distributed brand NPK is bringing its new line of anti-skid devices for cars in technical fabric, commonly known as snow socks, to market. The wheel company says the NPK Snow Socks Multigrip is suited to motorists on summer and four-season tyres.
Oxford Carriers maintain fingertip compliance control with TruTac
Microlise group company TruTac is supplying its intelligent fleet management software, TruFleet, to Witney based haulier Oxford Carriers. TruTac says it is Increasingly supporting customers in digitising their fleet operations, focusing on improving compliance and sharpening vehicle maintenance data.
Leading the way in commercial tyre retreading innovation: ContiLifeCycle UK plant
Continental relaunched the Bandvulc retreading plant it acquired in 2016 as the ContiLifeCycle plant in March. Based on what Conti EMEA’s head of commercial consumer solutions Ralf Benack described as the existing “deep knowledge” of Bandvulc, the facility in Ivybridge, Devon has become a technical innovation hub for the company’s tyre retreading programme in the region. When Tyres & Accessories visited the plant later in the year, the manufacturer revealed the results of strong annual investments and its innovative implementation of automated processes for increased efficiency, and the key role that reatreading plays in Conti’s overall sustainability strategy.
Bandvulc Citymaster 5 tyres, ContiPressureCheck support EcoDriven sustainability tour
Continental Tyres and its retread brand Bandvulc are partnering with EcoDriven to support the environmental product promoter’s UK-wide Sustainability Showcase tour in 2024. The year-long programme championing sustainable solutions aims to the public to consider their environmental impact. The message will be delivered from a classic double-decker bus retrofitted with sustainable materials to demonstrate their effectiveness throughout its journey. Continental will supply its Bandvulc Citymaster 5 bus tyres and ContiPressureCheck TPMS system, both products that demonstrate its focus on sustainability. The tyre manufacturer and technology supplier wants to be ‘the most environmentally progressive tyre company’ with retreads, tyre maintenance and waste recycling all part of its strategy.
When Elena Bounimovitch from Yokohama Off-Highway Tires (YOHT) showed us a prototype of the new Alliance Agriflex+ 373 at Agritechnica 2023 earlier this month, she commented that the hybrid tyre offers the “best of two technologies.” Specifically, the Agriflex+ 373 brings together VF technology and Alliance’s Stratified Layer technology, but it also combines lug and block tread elements so that it will “perform well in the soil but also on the road.”
Maverick Diagnostics presents Aviloo at BVRLA conference
Maverick Diagnostics, the UK distributor of Aviloo, is presenting the brand’s battery diagnostic solutions at the BVRLA Industry Outlook Conference at the British Motor Museum on Wednesday 6 December 2023.
In a collaborative effort, Andy Brooke, alongside Aviloo founder, Wolfgang Berger, and sales manager, Matthieu Peugeot, will stress the benefits of Aviloo’s first-of-its-kind Flash test to the esteemed members of BVRLA.