Bridgestone has announced its dual strategic intentions for its stand at the 65th International Motor Show for Cars in Frankfurt. The manufacturer will divide its stand between a “current zone” with its “Everywhere” brand marketing platform and premium tyre range, and a “future zone”, which will focus on concept tyres, including one made with “100 per cent sustainable material”. The show takes place on 10-22 September, and Bridgestone Europe’s 320m² stand will be located at D03 in Hall 8.
Continental has been working on automated driving systems for some time now, and began open road trials of this technology early last year. It also entered into a research partnership with BMW to develop an ‘electronic co-pilot’ in January 2013. The German firm is now extending its collaborative activities; the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper shared on 21 August that Continental intends to develop self-driving cars together with IBM and Google.
Michelin has announced it will globally, and exclusively, supply tyres for the new Ferrari 458 Speciale. In developing its new Pilot Sport Cup 2 for the Ferrari, Michelin says it and the Italian car maker “pooled their cutting-edge engineering resources, wheel assembly expertise, passion for performance, measuring technology and the skills and analytical capabilities of their developers and test drivers.”
No dinosaurs went into the production of a tyre Sumitomo Rubber Industries will launch at the Tokyo Motor Show – some 12 years after it began working to reduce fossil fuel content in its products, the Japanese company is now ready to roll out its first 100 per cent fossil fuel-free tyre. And when the show begins on 23 November, visitors won’t just be looking at another concept tyre – Sumitomo says it is gearing up to introduce this milestone in its Enasave programme into the domestic market. The new tyre will be sold under the Dunlop brand name.
Pirelli is back at Silverstone this weekend following its recent Formula One visits for the Silverstone Classic. The manufacturer will sponsor a Porsche 911 parade of the GP circuit on Sunday 28 July to commemorate its 60th anniversary, having signed a minimum three-year deal to sponsor Porsche Club Great Britain. Pirelli’s financial support of Porsche Club GB, as well as providing it with tyres and on-event technical expertise, are part of this agreement, makes it the official tyre supplier to the 16-race Porsche Club Championship series for production-based Porsches. Pirelli will also bring its F1 simulator and hospitality unit to the annual three-day event, from which it will run a number of competitions with prizes including drive experience days at Thruxton race circuit.
The printing technology Bridgestone previewed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is now a commercial reality. The Japanese manufacturer has released the first tyre featuring its sidewall printing process – now known as ‘Colorside’ – in the domestic market.
On 27 June, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) received a US$25,000 donation from Michelin North America in honour of the 25-year partnership between both organisations. The cheque was presented to the NAIAS during its “Covering All Bases” event, an off-season, day-long planning meeting attended by more than 300 representatives of auto manufacturers, sponsors, and partners who participate in the NAIAS.
Eagle-eyed Geneva motor show attendees may has spotted a 22-inch version of Vredestein’s new Ultrac Vorti fitted to the Bentley Continental GT-based Mansory Sanguis. This pairing, Vredestein states, doubled as an announcement of a new partnership between Mansory and the tyre maker.
Along with new series and concept tyres, at the Geneva motor show Bridgestone Europe has launched its new website for car, SUV, 4×4 and van drivers. The company says the site aims to give drivers a “fresh, attractive, user-friendly and engaging experience” and offers a number of different ways of finding the right Bridgestone tyres for a vehicle, regardless of whether a driver already knows exactly which tyre they’re looking for or would like additional guidance from Bridgestone to find a suitable product. The site is currently only available in English, however French, German, Italian and Spanish versions will follow in April, with others to arrive in the coming months.
Goodyear has introduced its EfficientGrip Performance tyre line at the Geneva motor show. The range will ultimately be available in 90 sizes from 14 to 18-inches, with 23 sizes available as of the start of March 2013. According to Goodyear, 21 tyres out of the currently-sold 23 tyres in the EfficientGrip Performance portfolio has been given an ‘A’ label rating for wet grip and a ‘B’ rating for rolling resistance, plus what the tyre maker says are “some of the lowest decibel values available on the market for such a range of sizes.”
Bridgestone has introduced an upgraded version of its Blizzak LM-80. Displaying the new Blizzak LM-80 EVO at the Geneva motor show, the tyre maker said the new SUV tyre features three improvements designed to upgrade snow and wet performance: New sipe distribution for traction, a new silica-rich compound developed exclusively for European winter conditions, and an optimised centre rib and shoulder block design for improved handling and road holding.
One of the innovations Pirelli has on display at the Geneva Motor Show is ‘autographed’ original equipment tyres. Going into greater detail, the Italian tyre maker explains that the so-called autographs are unique sidewall markings that indicate the rubber compound used in a tyre has been specifically developed to meet a particular vehicle manufacturer’s requirements. Pirelli will include this marking on OEM homologated versions of its P Zero and Cinturato P7.
The Geneva Motor Show has served as a backdrop for the official European debut of Bridgestone’s Potenza Adrenalin RE002. The premium sport tyre was first introduced last year, and Bridgestone says the aftermarket-only tyre was launched across Europe in February. The range focuses on 15 to 18-inch rim diameters and 60 to 40 series; the manufacturer describes the Potenza Adrenalin RE002 as an “urban sporty, offering car enthusiasts a daily driving sensation with sharp steering response and exhilarating sporty handling.”
The Citroën Hybrid Air has enjoyed its world premiere at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and the technology is expected to be in production by 2016. Based on a petrol engine and hydraulic components (engine and pump) but no battery, the French car maker states that Hybrid Air technology combines ground-breaking performance with maximum accessibility. Citroën claims the Hybrid Air demonstrator can achieve 2.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, with carbon dioxide emissions capped at 68 grammes per kilometre; in comparison the Citroën C3, at the same power, uses 4.5 litres of fuel for 100 kilometres and emits 104 grammes of carbon dioxide per kilometre.
In addition to debuting its Alnac 4G, Apollo Tyres has released its latest Vredestein-branded product at the Geneva Motor Show. This new Apollo Vredestein release is the Ultrac Vorti R, an ultra high performance tyre with an “increased focus on grip and sportiness.” The Ultrac Vorti R was developed in collaboration with Italian design house, Giugiaro.