The Barum range has expanded with the addition of three new trailer tyres to the 200 R-series. The BT 200 R is now available in sizes 385/65 R 22.5 and 385/55 R 22.5 as well as in the special 445/45 R 19.5 size developed for use in volume transport. The Continental-owned brand reports that the “robust tyres feature high mileage and economical fuel consumption and the flexibility for use in both regional and long-distance transport.”
A ceremony was held last week to officially inaugurate the newly-rebuilt truck tyre production hall at Continental’s manufacturing facility in Otrokovice, Czech Republic. The inauguration marks the completion of a three-year project that involved a CZK 4.4 billion (£146.4 million) investment and has led to the creation of 130 new jobs. The project has seen the Otrokovice site, which previously served the European, Middle East and African markets, additionally develop into a production hub for markets in America and the Asia Pacific region.
The Barum 200 R truck tyre range will be extended this year with the introduction of new steer, drive and trailer fitments. At the CV Show this week, Continental presented its size 315/70 R22.5 BF200 R steer axle tyre; this will be launched in the UK in June, together with the 315/70 R22.5 BD200 R drive tyre.
Having reduced a field of 51 to 19, Auto Bild announced that three of the winter tyres tested had made it all the way to the top of the German magazine’s rankings, picking up “exemplary” ratings. Continental’s WinterContact TS 850, Pirelli’s Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3, and the Barum Polaris 3 were the best performers, according to Auto Bild’s testers, who ranked the tyres based on their performance on snowy, wet and dry roads and their cost. The tests were performed on a VW Polo, with the tyres sized 185/60R15 T.
In its annual winter tyre performance survey, German motoring publication AutoBild narrows a wide field of 49 winter tyres and two all-season tyres with wet and snow braking measurements before conducting a full test of a range of characteristics. 19 tyres made it through to the 2015/16 season test, conducted using the tyre size 185/60 R15.