Tag: ADAC

ADAC tyre test: Why Pirelli’s results were missing

ADAC tyre test: Why Pirelli’s results were missing

29th February 2016 | 0 Comments

This year’s ADAC test of 15-inch tyres for small and compact cars included the comment that a Pirelli tyre took part in the test, but was not included in the final results table as the testers noticed “marked variations” in performance for a number of test criteria. This caused a few raised eyebrows, given its publication on the very day that allegations of tyre test rigging by Nokian Tyres surfaced, so Tyrepress.com contacted the ADAC to find out more.

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ADAC size 225/45 R 17 tyre test: Private brand finishes in “victors’ quartet”

ADAC size 225/45 R 17 tyre test: Private brand finishes in “victors’ quartet”

25th February 2016 | 0 Comments

In addition to publishing a test of 15-inch tyres for small and compact cars, German motoring organisation the ADAC has tested the popular 225/45 R 17 Y fitment, a size often found on mid-sized saloons and estates such as the Audi A4, VW Golf, BMW 3 Series, Ford Mondeo, Mazda 6, Seat Leon, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Avensis. The ADAC used a VW Golf 7 to evaluate the 16 participating tyres and evaluated them on how they performed in a range of dry and wet surface criteria, as well as their rolling resistance, noise/comfort and wear characteristics.

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Giti on GTÜ tyre test: We’re “very confident” of our tyre’s performance levels

Giti on GTÜ tyre test: We’re “very confident” of our tyre’s performance levels

25th February 2016 | 0 Comments

Three Chinese-made tyres were deemed to have “failed” the wet braking component of the latest summer tyre test jointly released by German motoring magazine Auto Zeitung and GTÜ, the country’s largest officially-recognised independent vehicle inspection organisation. The maker of one of the trio has issued a statement regarding the results.

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Seven good all-rounders in ADAC compact car tyre test

Seven good all-rounders in ADAC compact car tyre test

25th February 2016 | 0 Comments

Our neighbours in Germany are gearing up for the seasonal changeover to summer tyres, and every year this rush to swap to the warm weather rubber is accompanied by a rash of tyre tests. ACE and GTÜ were two of the first to release their comparative summer tyre evaluations, and now high-profile German motoring organisation the ADAC has published tests of two different tyre sizes – the smaller of the two tested dimensions is size 185/65 R 15 H, a tyre suitable for small and compact cars. The ADAC tested 16 tyres in this size.

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New touring car series to race exclusively on Hankook tyres

New touring car series to race exclusively on Hankook tyres

4th February 2016 | 0 Comments

Hankook Tire has been appointed exclusive tyre partner to a newly-established touring car series in Germany. The three-year arrangement sees Hankook supplying tyres to all cars competing in the ADAC TCR Germany series; in 2016 the tyre of choice is the Hankook Ventus Race, which will take to the circuit in size 260/660 R 18.

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European motoring clubs publish winter tyre test results

European motoring clubs publish winter tyre test results

24th September 2015 | 0 Comments

Every autumn the largest motoring associations in Germany (ADAC), Austria, (ÖAMTC) and Switzerland (TCS) publish the largely-identical results of their combined winter tyre test. The information presented here is drawn from the ÖAMTC’s reportage and covers the comparative test of 16 size 165/70 R 14T tyres on a VW Polo and 19 size 205/55 R16H tyres on a VW Golf. The results of the two tests show frugality in bestowing the ‘outstanding’ rating – no tyre in either test received this – yet four tyres effectively failed the test with a rating of ‘not recommended’.

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Premium tyre makers top ADAC 2015 summer tyre test – eco tyres compare poorly with non-eco counterparts

Premium tyre makers top ADAC 2015 summer tyre test – eco tyres compare poorly with non-eco counterparts

23rd February 2015 | 0 Comments

German motoring association ADAC and consumer organisation Stiftung Warentest have jointly tested 35 size 185/60 R14 H and size 205/55 R16 V tyres for their latest summer tyre test. The second-mentioned size is the country’s most-sold tyre size for mid-class cars, and the ADAC notes that four pairs of these 205/55 R16 V tyres were evaluated as part of the test. Each pair was an eco/comfort product from the same manufacturer, and placing them back to back gave an additional insight into their respective strengths and weaknesses.

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Infinity questions ADAC test’s winter tyre selection

23rd September 2014 | 0 Comments

Infinity Tyres Europe has questioned a recent ADAC winter tyre test’s selection of its INF049 – a tyre the company says is no longer in production. The tyre was evaluated as part of the 2014 ADAC winter tyre test, and while the manufacturer does not wish to question the German organisation’s testing parameters, it criticises the selection process that led to its INF049 tyre being tested. Infinity says the tyre was “only available to purchase in 2013.”

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ADAC summer tyre test 2014 – the results

ADAC summer tyre test 2014 – the results

9th April 2014 | 0 Comments

Motorwelt, the members’ publication of German motoring organisation the ADAC, always held a prominent position amongst magazine tyre tests. Whether this will change due to the recent scandals remains to be seen. But in its recently-published summer tyre test, the organisation states in bold that it doesn’t collude with tyre makers in any way, shape or form: “For more than 40 years the ADAC has tested tyres – neutrally and independently”. For this latest test, the ADAC tested dry weather characteristics at Bridgestone’s European Test Center in Italy and wet weather characteristics at Continental’s Contidrom facility. While the German tyre maker’s EcoContact 5 and the Bridgestone Ecopia EP150 were respectively the top and fourth-rated of the 16 size 175/65 R14T tyres tested, in the size 195/65 R15V test Bridgestone only managed 12th place out of 17 with its Turanza T001, while Continental’s PremiumContact 5 ended up one position lower. If the tyre makers did have a hand in manipulating test results for the 15-inch tyres, they didn’t do a very good job of it.

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Review confirms objectivity of ADAC tyre tests, but criticisms remain

Review confirms objectivity of ADAC tyre tests, but criticisms remain

9th April 2014 | 0 Comments

Once smeared with a reputation for dishonesty it is hard to be believed, even when telling the truth. This is perhaps a situation German motoring organisation the ADAC is now grappling with. In the wake of recent scandals – vote manipulation in its ‘Gelbe Engel’ car of the year awards and allegations that ADAC bosses used the organisation’s rescue helicopters for business trips, to name just two – concerns have arisen over the impartiality of ADAC tyre tests. Two differing opinions have recently surfaced.

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