Arguably best known in the UK through its agricultural range, Ceat also produces a full line of passenger and commercial tyres. The well-known Indian brand is now offering a comprehensive range in Europe and the UK, including products developed with the assistance of the CEAT European Technical Centre (CETC) in Germany. We will look at the truck range at a later date, and here focus on the eight lines Ceat is offering for the passenger vehicle and light commercial segments.
Bridgestone & Webfleet showcasing solutions at IAA Transportation 2022
Bridgestone claims to be, together with its Webfleet fleet management solution, on a “mission to move the world towards a sustainable future of mobility.” Both will be present at IAA Transportation 2022 to showcase a portfolio of tyres, tyre-centric technologies and mobility solutions and to give fleets an opportunity to learn more about their products and data-driven mobility solutions and how they can enhance performance.
AMP Clean Energy is a distributed energy company which develops, funds and runs low carbon heat and power solutions including biomass heat installations and flexible energy plants. The company has announced that it is switching its commercial vehicle fleet to a full Michelin tyre policy, to reduce downtime and boost the sustainability of its operation.
Fleets facing ‘unprecedented’ rises in tyre costs, says i247 Group
Fleets are facing tyre cost rises at an unprecedented rate, placing additional strain on already stretched SMR budgets, warns i247 Group, the outsourced driver support and asset management provider. The Poole-based company reports average tyre costs are likely to continue rising due to a rapidly-changing fleet portfolio mix and double-digit percentage cost increases from tyre manufacturers to its customer base.
The York-based crop farming operation Wharram and Kay is getting ‘fantastic results’ from its new Bateman RB35 self-propelled crop sprayer having fitted the vehicle with Michelin AxioBib 2 tyres. The company days it has seen vastly improved stability and can run the sprayer on very wet ground thanks to the superb soil protection qualities of the VF 650/60 R38 fitments.
In response to the increased pressure to reduce costs in the transport industry, Falken has created a comprehensive ‘Technical Support - Commercial Tyre Guide’ for truck and bus operators. Available now via Falken’s B2B dealer shop, this new guide supports commercial customers make informed decisions to reduce operating costs.
Apollo Tyres says its EnduRace RD2 has proven a great success since its launch last year. The existing size 315/80 R22.5 tyre will soon be joined by two further dimensions. As of this month, Apollo EnduRace RD2 is also available as a 315/70 R22.5 product, while a 295/80 R22.5 version will arrive next March.
Davanti Vantoura 4-Seasons offers year-round versatility to van fleets
The Davanti Vantoura 4-Seasons is available in a range of light commercial vehicle fitments now, after the tyre received its public unveiling at the CV Show in 2021. The tyre is the UK tyre brand’s answer for transport operators looking for ways to ensure their fleets remain on the road and are as economical as possible. Davanti notes that the rising cost of living, and particularly fuel prices are making proper fleet maintenance even more important. One aspect that can help is checking tyres are fit for purpose. Selecting the right tyre, for the right van, for the right application, is one way to improve efficiency and reliability of commercial vehicles. With a vast range of options available to van fleets, Davanti says it is important to address the requirement of fit-for-purpose commercial tyres. Its Vantoura 4-Seasons represents the brand’s versatile solution for the segment.
Van tyre range to suit ICE, electric vans alike – Falken
Whether a van is powered by internal combustion or electricity, the demands placed on its tyres remain consistent. Therefore rather than developing specific electric light commercial tyres, Falken is improving the efficiency and durability of its van tyres to enable its range to support ongoing ICE vehicle utilisation and the transition to electric-powered models alike. Andreas Giese, senior manager, corporate and product planning, Falken Tyre Europe answered Tyres & Accessories’ questions about tyres and the electrification of the fleet.
Mitas has expanded its Grip’N’Ride range of construction tyres with a larger size tyre for wheeled and backhoe loaders. Announcing this new addition, Mitas shares that it designed the 21L - 24 IND tyre to deliver improved performance even on softer terrain. The tyre features strengthened sidewalls for greater durability when handling increased load capacity, a tread pattern that delivers increased grip, and self-cleaning properties.
Tradition-rich tyre brand with an American heritage, General Tire is extending its range of tyres suitable for light commercial on and off-road use. Vans are used in a variety of scenarios and terrains, General says, which is why it is important to choose the right tyre for the job. Leading the brand’s range for this segment in the newly introduced size 235/65R16C 121/119R Grabber AT3, which it calls “the first true all-terrain tyre available for vans.” General Tire 4x4 tyres are available exclusively through Micheldever Tyre Services in the UK.
All-season tyres disadvantaged in summer conditions – Gute Fahrt test
It was no mistake that Gute Fahrt published just half a new all-season tyre test in its August issue. The German motoring magazine for fans of Volkswagen Group vehicles decided to focus on tyre performance relevant to summer driving in the current magazine, and is making its reader wait until September to find out how lower temperatures and the presence of snow and ice alter the story.
Kenda Tires has launched a new range that is developed specifically to meet the needs of European customers. Described as an “expansion of the tried and tested Emera A1” range and available in 28 dimensions for 13- to 16-in rims and in T to V speed ratings, the Kenda Kenetica Pro KR210 is positioned as a high-performance tyre for small to mid-sized cars.
Forestry machine track manufacturers Olofsfors, Clarks and Pewag have approved the mounting of their products upon Alliance 643 Forestar III and Alliance 644 Forestar III tyres. They gave this pairing with Alliance the nod during the Interforst trade fair, which is taking place in Munich this week.
Hankook’s Vantra range offers efficiency, safety and exceptional durability for light commercials
Whether you drive a single van, or manage a whole fleet, having the correct tyres is essential for ensuring safety and performance. Tyre manufacturer Hankook acknowledges that the tyres fitted to UK vans need to be able to cope with the additional weight and withstand the strain of stop-start urban trips as well as longer journeys. Its portfolio for the van and light truck category includes the Vantra LT, an energy efficient, safe and exceptionally durable summer tyre and the Vantra ST AS 2, the most recent addition to the range, a durable, multi-performance, all-season tyre.