Continental's ContiSportContact 5 has come out on top in the demanding tyre test carried out by leading car magazine Auto Express. The Auto Express test celebrates the best of the best in the tyre market, highlighting exceptional performance, quality, safety, desirability and value. It is seen within the motoring industry as a stamp of approval offering motoring enthusiasts confidence when looking for their next tyre purchase.
A car equipped with Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.’s global flagship "ADVAN" racing tyre won the overall championship at the 12-hour Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race 2013 (MMER 2013) held during 29-31 August. This marks the third straight year that the race has been won by a car equipped with Yokohama tyres.
Leading French magazine Motorsport has published a tyre test comparing the sporting performance of 10 top manufacturers’ tyres, naming Yokohama’s recently released flagship Advan Sport V105 its winner. Ranking the tyres in terms of braking, lap times, wear and subjective performance, Motorsport’s August/September issue found the V105 strong across the board, while Michelin’s Pilot Sport 3 and Goodyear’s Eagle F1 Asymmetric rounded out a generally strong-performing top three.
The 11th edition of the China International Tyre Expo (CITExpo) looks set to be the largest prior to the show’s opening. The three halls of the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center are full ready for the show on 4-6 September. The organiser, Reliable International Exhibition Services, says that more than 350 quality exhibitors will occupy 24,000sqm exhibition space, including major tyre industry brands like Cooper, Double Coin, Stamford, Techking and Triangle. Tyres & Accessories/Tyrepress.com will also be in attendance in its role as one of the show’s partners, with a full report from the show due in the October edition of T&A magazine.
Winter and all-season tyres will be the fitment of choice in the coming winter for 3.1 and 1.2 per cent of visitors to Tyrepress.com, a poll conducted on the homepage has revealed. The July Question of the Month reflected results very close to the figures quoted in Tyres & Accessories’ Winter Tyre feature, available in the August magazine soon. Market analysts GfK said that its sell-out data showed winter tyres making up 3.5 per cent of the November 2012 – February 2013 PCR market, while all-season accounted for 2.0 per cent in the period. Other research in the feature suggests all-season tyres are something of a hidden strength in the UK – subscribers can read more by following the links in the full story below. Meanwhile, the August Question of the Month asks whether tyre age should be part of the MOT – go to the Tyrepress.com homepage now to have your say.
Continental’s Nikolai Setzer recently outlined the company’s intention to invest in non-automotive areas (more on this in Tyres & Accessories’ August magazine), but his comments by no means indicate a drawing away from the automotive business. The German firm’s continued interest in this area could be seen at the groundbreaking for the new extension to its research and development centre in Singapore.
The launch of Avon Tyres’ latest sports touring motorcycle tyre aimed at the hypersport market, the Storm 3D X-M, took place near the brand’s Melksham, Wiltshire manufacturing base at Castle Combe in May. The Cooper-owned brand says it has since been reaping the plaudits for the new tyre, tested out by two-wheel specialist journalists on the fast and bumpy circuit.
Continental garnered a number of winter tyre accolades in the first half of 2013, most recently receiving a coveted award from the UK’s Auto Express magazine. Continental’s ContiWinterContact TS850 ‘Best Winter Tyre’ for the second consecutive year in the 2013 Product Awards.
Supertracker has given wheel alignment support to West Midlands father and son driving team, Keith and Dylan Evans and their Subaru Legacy Estate in the annual Help4Heroes 4×4 European Rally 2013. The team was awarded Total Off-Road Magazine’s 'Best Non Land Rover performance', having been primed by Supertracker, which set up and adjusted the wheel alignment and sourced special Landsail tyres for the 14-day trip across a number of European countries, visiting numerous battle locations and memorial sites from WW1 and WW2.
German magazine Off Road’s readers have chosen Goodyear’s Wrangler DuraTrac as the best off-road product in the ‘Traction Tyres’ category. This was the first time the magazine has invited its readers to vote on tyres alongside their favourite vehicles, and the Goodyear tyre beat all the other products to the inaugural edition of this honour.
Nokian Tyres has published its first Corporate Sustainability Report to have been drawn up according to GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) guidelines; the report describes the goals, plans, actions, and results of the group’s sustainability programme during 2012. Added perspective has been introduced by describing Nokian Tyres’ activities from the past few years.
A report in French financial magazine Les Echos suggests that the Chinese Government is considering imposing an additional tariff on cars imported from the EU. The report was picked up by analysts Morgan Stanley, who suggest that the new tariff could be in response to the recently-announced 11 per cent tariff by the EU on Chinese-made solar panels. ACEA, the EU car association, says that the car tariff could be in place as early as September.
With Cooper Tire Europe renewing attention on its Cooper brand, while also upping marketing efforts in general including on its Avon brand (see separate article in our June magazine's Company News section for more on this), here is a summary of the company’s current range including details of both brands’ line ups.
Motorsport plays a key part in how Cooper markets its performance tyres. Continuing support of the Cooper Tires British F3 series highlights the company’s ability to produce tyres that perform at the toughest limits and for 2013, Cooper is appearing in the FIA European Rallycross Championship, showing how the company’s tyres can perform in a range of conditions.
Autogem displayed its new i-sensor TPMS system at the CV Show 2013. The programmable system allows workshops to configure and diagnose blank and programmed sensors through a contact-less scan with the i-sensor Tool. The i-sensor Blank is a universal sensor that can be programmed effectively to become any one of more than 90 per cent of current original equipment sensors by the tool. More details on the product are available on Tyrepress.com (see below) and in February's Tyres & Accessories magazine.