Continental says it will publicly display its new ultra high performance summer tyre for the first time at September’s IAA Cars exhibition in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The tyre maker isn’t giving much away, however it shares that the SportContact 6 will provide “maximum grip, maximum control, and maximum stability” at speeds of up to 350 km/h.
Yokohama Rubber has confirmed its participation in the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2015, which will take place in the Jakarta ‘new town’ of Bumi Serpong Damai between 20 and 30 August 2015. The tyre maker will be represented by its local sales agent, PT YHI Indonesia, and will display its consumer tyre portfolio. A panel of players from Chelsea FC will also appear at the Yokohama booth during the show to promote the company’s partnership with the Premier League football club.
The presence of Yokohama Rubber at the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2015 show has been confirmed. The exhibition will take place between 20 and 29 April, and the Yokohama stand will feature tyres from the company’s Advan, BluEarth, Geolandar and Neova ranges, along with Yokohama’s ‘aerodynamic tyre’, which will be displayed in China for the first time.
Now that Jeremy Clarkson must be considered an ex-Top Gear presenter, the future of the planned Top Gear Live arena tour also been called into question. Four shows due to take place in Norway were postponed with replacement dates yet to be announced while the BBC’s investigation into Clarkson’s behaviour was completed. Having reported its findings that Clarkson made “an unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on his producer on 25 March, it appears the shows, and the rest of the ambitious Top Gear Live arena tour, remain in jeopardy – a potential marketing headache for the UK tour’s title sponsor Gocompare, and tyre supplier, Yokohama.
Bridgestone will display its ologic and run-flat technologies at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, along with its ‘air free’ concept – a non-pneumatic tyre aimed at providing a low-maintenance and fully sustainable ‘cradle to cradle’ solution that maximises the recycling of worn tyres and other resources. Also present will be the company’s more conventional product lines including, for the first time in many years, the Firestone brand. Passenger car and SUV tyres from the Firestone range will share stand space in Geneva with their Bridgestone brethren. The tyre maker will also share information about the new Firestone Music Tour – a network of festivals sponsored by Firestone.
Michelin reports the selection of its tyres for several new cars on display or debuting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This roll call of fresh original equipment fitments includes the new Ford GT, the highly anticipated mid-engine supercar developed to mark the 50th anniversary of its namesake placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This month, Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) has launched a new flagship product for its Enasave series of fuel efficient tyres, albeit only in the Japanese market. The Dunlop-brand Enasave Next has been introduced in size 195/65R15 91H and has achieved the coveted ‘AAA-a’ rank under the Japanese tyre label, the highest rating possible for rolling resistance and wet grip. SRI says the new tyre has 50 per cent lower rolling resistance than the standard Japanese replacement market Dunlop tyre in 2008, the year it set out to achieve this goal.
At the opening of a new mixer at its factory in Enschede, The Netherlands last week, Apollo Tyres chairman Onkar Kanwar stated that marketing will be the driver of the company’s planned growth in Europe and he spoke of the “big challenges” awaiting Apollo Vredestein director of marketing Jaap van Wessum and his team. A week later, van Wessum further expounded upon Apollo Vredestein’s strategy for Europe at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. has used its presence at the Geneva Motor Show as the launchpad for three new production tyres (one summer and two winter) as well as the showcasing of its Aero Y electric vehicle and associated BluEarth EV concept tyre. At the centre of the launch was a new edition to its fuel-efficient “BluEarth” tyre brand for passenger cars in Europe and Asia, which will be introduced from this spring. Most “BluEarth-A” sizes have been awarded the European C grade for rolling resistance and A for wet performance when it comes to labelling.
Goodyear is showcasing its a BA-BB label rated selection of SUV tyres at the Geneva Motor Show. Tyres shown include a BA labelled tyre on the new Nissan Qashqai 2014 edition, itself a new fitment for the company and a BB label on its Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV tyre. According to Goodyear, the release follows on from the developments necessary for the AA concept tyre previously exhibited at Geneva and which subsequently was launched in a mass-production car tyre form. The message is that driven by its award winning EfficientGrip Performance, which features a BA label across a majority of sizes offered, Goodyear is now focusing its attention to the SUV and cross-over markets.
Two of South Korea’s three tyre makers have developed tyres specifically for fitment on the Soul EV, the first electric car produced by Kia. The Korean manufacturer says Kumho Tire and Nexen Tire have developed low rolling resistance 205/60R16 tyres for the vehicle, which debuts at the Geneva Motor Show this week. These reduce rolling resistance by ten per cent without impacting on ride comfort, handling, NVH or braking distance, says Kia.
Apollo Tyres has selected the Geneva Motor Show as the backdrop for launching its latest on-road SUV high performance summer tyre. The Apterra H/P was developed at the company’s consumer tyre research and development centre in Enschede, The Netherlands and will be available in numerous international markets. The new addition to the tyre maker’s portfolio is being showcased at the Apollo pavilion in Hall 1, stand 1230.
Yokohama India Pvt. Ltd. is exhibiting at Auto Expo 2014. The Motor Show runs from 5-11 February and is being held in Greater Noida, India. This year will mark Yokohama India’s fourth straight appearance at the expo since it first exhibited in 2008. India’s Auto Expo, purportedly the nation’s largest motor show, is held every other year.
Two days ago we reported the launch of Michelin’s Premier A/S at the NAIAS in Detroit; since then, US trade publication Tire Review shared with us a bold claim Michelin has made about its new all-season tyre – that it is better worn than competitors’ tyres are when new.
The latest Michelin tyre for the North American market has been designed to maintain high traction over its entire working life, a level of performance it achieves through choice of compound, groove geometry and the inclusion of added grooves that appear when a certain level of wear is reached. This whole-life gripper, the all-season Michelin Premier A/S, debuted at the North American International Auto Show on 14 January ahead of its April 2014 market launch.