Earlier today Pirelli launched a totally overhauled Scorpion SUV tyre range. In short, the company is taking great steps towards a leading position in the future electric SUV tyre market and is already dominating in the SUV/CUV tyre sector of today. With the new tyres scoring 100 per cent AB tyre label ratings as well as upwards of 7 per cent improvements across the range in wet and dry braking, the company is making a strong case that it can achieve its goals.
The new Maserati Levante will fit the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 SUV, specifically designed for SUVs and Crossovers, as OE. The close collaboration between Maserati and Goodyear continues, with the aim of developing high-performance tyres capable of meeting the demands for handling and safety of these luxury and sporty SUVs.
Nissan Motor Company Ltd. has committed to producing the next Qashqai crossover vehicle in Sunderland. Executives had warned that this may not happen following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. However, not only has the company received satisfactory assurances to continue with production of the Qashqai for the next few years (the next Qashqai model is expected to be made in 2018 or 2019). Nissan also confirmed that it will add production of the next X-Trail model at its Sunderland as well in something of a surprise move.
We’ve heard that European new car registrations went up by 9.3 per cent in 2015 and we’ve heard that the UK delivered record figures. But what has been less widely reported is the fact that the strong European increase has been driven by what analysts have called “an SUV boom”. A boom that the British market played a key part in.
For the first time in the history of European car sales, SUVs led the way, outselling the traditional subcompact and compact segments, posting an increase of 24 per cent at 3.2 million units. Their market share grew from 19.8 per cent in 2014 to 22.5 per cent in 2015, leaving the subcompacts in second position with 22 per cent share, and the compacts segment third with 20.6 per cent. These vehicles along with the mid-size saloons and sports cars were the only segments to gain market share in 2015.
BF Goodrich has launched its new Urban Terrain T/A tyre for European SUV and crossover applications. Available from early October 2015 and offering an extended range from November 2015, BFGoodrich reports that the tyre offers “exceptional toughness to SUV and urban crossover drivers, combined with high performance braking grip and long tread life”.
With low rolling resistance, a quiet ride and dependable all-season performance, Hercules Tires’ Roadtour brand tyres have become a popular choice for passenger and CUV fitments. Now available everywhere are seven new sizes in the Hercules Roadtour family, which is comprised of the Roadtour655 touring tyre and the RoadtourXUV SUV/Crossover tyre.
The RoadtourXUV, engineered specifically for CUVs, features options ranging from 16 to 19 inches, with a limited mileage warranty up 60 thousand miles. New RoadtourXUV sizes accommodate popular vehicles such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Subaru Tribeca and Lexus RX350. Size additions include: 235/55R19 XL 105H; 265/60R18 110T; 235/60R18 XL 107H and 255/55R18 XL 109H.
Yokohama has announced plans to launch a new 4X4/SUV tyre – called the Geolandar H/T G056 – in Europe this summer. The new tyre features an orange oil-based compound which reportedly improves wet grip and shortens wet braking distance something that is clearly significant for European weather conditions.
Along with the unveiling of its ‘Vision 2020’ strategic plan that outlined aims leading up to its 100th anniversary, in May 2011 Toyo Tire & Rubber announced its ‘Mid-term 11’ plan that identified goals for the years to 2015. The tyre maker now reports that due to a favourable business climate, including a weakening of the Japanese yen and lower raw material prices, it has met the Mid-term 11 targets – such as boosting supply capacity – ahead of schedule. Toyo has now set itself a new three-year mid-term business plan, titled ‘Mid-term ’14 GO BEYOND’. This latest plan sets this year as a starting point and covers specific targets up to the end of 2016, while looking forward five years to 2018.