Giti Tire has unveiled its first A-grade rolling resistance HGV tyres for the Chinese market with a new original equipment deal for the Mercedes-Benz Actros. The Giti GAR206 and Giti GDR207, in size 315/70R22.5, have been fitted at Daimler’s Beijing automobile plant since 23 September with the first deliveries reaching customers in November.
The British Truck Racing Championship put Giti Tire on centre-stage as a special feature on the premier British motoring show Top Gear became one of the company’s 2022 highlights. The manufacturer is the Official Partner and Exclusive Tyre Supplier to the BTRC, while Team Oliver, of which it is a sponsor, provided competitive success, finishing third overall. Giti’s involvement with the series went up a notch in 2022; all competition trucks were fitted with Giti Race-Tuned v1 global competition truck tyres in size 315/70R22.5 for the first time. Giti said that feedback from the teams had been “overwhelmingly positive”.
The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has decided to file a case against Giti Tire Corporation (Giti Tire Corp). The tyre company is suspected of information disclosure violations. Giti Tire Corp has received an official notification from CSRC. Tyrepress notes a 22 September Shanghai Stock Exchange report detailing measures taken against the company as a result of such violatons: “In the last 12 months, we (the Shanghai Stock Exchange) imposed supervision on (Giti Tire Corp) for similar violations. (Giti Tire Corp) did not make timely rectifications and continued to carry out the same type of violations for a long time, and the circumstances were serious.”
GT Radial car number 97 made history in the 2022 Fun Cup Endurance Championship, becoming the competition’s first ever vehicle driven by an all-female line-up. Experienced racers Wendy Ellis-Smith, Michelle Hayward and Zoe Burke came together for the first time at Snetterton in July. They finished ninth in a field of 19 having started in pole position. In addition to its all-female weekend, Giti used its entry in the Fun Cup to bring together racing legends, celebrities and influencers to pilot the car, led by Giti Tire’s senior test engineer Ellis Hadley. Looking back on the 2022 competition, the GT Radial team said it had enjoyed several memorable achievements.
GT Radial will be the Official Tyre Partner of the Champions Hockey League (CHL) in a second season after extending its partnership. The tyre brand wants to use Europe’s premier ice hockey competition to boost awareness across the continent. The game has national sport status in several northern, central and eastern countries where the activation of this sponsorship is likely to have the greatest impact.
Giti Tire has extended its GitiWinterW2 range to 39 sizes between 15 and 19 inches, including the SUV variant of the winter tyre. The pattern now covers 90 per cent of targeted winter market demand throughout Europe. The smallest size, 175/65R15 is designed for cars such as the Fiat 500, Mini and Toyota Yaris, while the 255/50R19 fits such models as the Audi Q4, BMW X5 and X6, Mercedes GLC, Skoda Enyaq iV and VW ID.4 and ID.5. Originally launched in August 2021 in 13 core sizes, Giti says the second iteration of the product delivers improved dry dynamics, wet braking and aquaplaning resistance, while maintaining the first generation’s snow and ice grip and traction.
Micheldever Tyre Services and Giti Tire gave UK GT Radial Performance Centre (GTPC) dealers the opportunity to test the brand’s latest tyres to the limit during their recent Ride and Drive event in Portimão, Portugal. Held at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve circuit at the start of September, dealers were able to drive on the celebrated race track on the GT Radial SportActive 2 ultra-high performance tyre, as well as testing the handling and off-road capabilities respectively of the brand’s FE2 and Savero SUV.
Available now in 215/75R17.5, the all-new Giti GSR236 Combi Road is the first steer tyre to bring the manufacturer’s latest regional and long-haul technology to small and medium commercial vehicles. Giti Tire considers the new range “superior in every aspect” when compared against its popular all-position Giti GAR820, with 30 per cent increases in mileage and wet braking performance, a 20 per cent reduction in noise and single digit improvements in crack, chipping and sidewall protection, enhanced rolling resistance and snow performance.
Three consecutive seasons, one set of tyres. The modified Mercedes 1622 800HP of Giti-sponsored Truck Team Holten has just achieved this noteworthy distinction after securing a hard-fought seventh place in Rallye Breslau 2022. Giti Tire calls this the “ultimate test” for its products.
A completely new size for Giti Tire in Europe, the freshly-released Giti GSR237 Combi Road steer tyre in 355/50R22.5 offers a further fitment option for vehicles used in high load, low platform transportation. Giti Tire says it designed the GSR237 Combi Road to compete with premium brands – which up until now have been the only manufacturers producing this size.
Giti Tire appeared on the 19 June episode of Top Gear, supporting the presenting trio’s participation in a round of the British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC). The episode focused on commercial vehicles – an HGV special – as presenters Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness passed their lorry driving tests before driving across the UK in new DAF, Mercedes and Scania pulling units. Their journey ended at Pembrey Race Circuit, where McGuinness then competed in a BTRC round in a fully liveried Giti truck.
Giti Tire has extended its non-exclusive distribution agreement with long-term Nordics partner Vianor. The new extension will run until 2024, which will mean the relationship between the companies will pass its 20th anniversary. The deal covers GT Radial passenger car, SUV and light truck tyres (both summer and winter) and Giti heavy truck and bus products in Finland, Norway and Sweden. Vianor distributes tyres through its own self-branded stores and independent retailers, at more than 500 points of sales.
The Giti Tire Motorsport by WS Racing team won the VT2 class and achieved third place in the SP8T class with its all-female racing team at the 50th ADAC TotalEnergies 24hr Nürburgring endurance race. Both vehicles delivered their results on GitiCompete GTR1 tyres. The new BMW M4 GT4 of ‘Girls Only – Ready to Rock the Green Hell’ achieved a magnificent third place in the powerful SP8T after a near seamless weekend of high-octane action which saw the race go the full distance.
Giti Tire was “delighted” to reengage with its business partners and exhibit its revised product line-up at The Tire Cologne 2022. For the company’s European operation, the show represented the end of “a four year vacuum”, allowing employees and customers from around Europe, the Middle East and Africa to assemble, building “a platform for future success”.
Visitors to The Tire Cologne had the opportunity to see to Giti Tire’s growing product portfolio. Highlights included Giti Radial’s latest UHP tyre, the SportActive 2, as well as extensions to the GT Radial FE2 performance range. The Giti brand was well represented, too, with the Giti4x4 AT71 heralding a return to the all-terrain segment in the UK.