Continental is supplying two tyre models as original equipment for the Kia EV6, with customers able to choose between the PremiumContact 6 and CrossContact RX. UK customers preferring to equip their electric crossover with all-season or winter tyres can also do so, as dealers will offer a Kia-approved Continental AllSeasonContact and WinterContact TS 850.
The Battlax Hypersport S22 is an original equipment tyre for the latest Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX and SX SE. In their 2022 incarnation, the sport touring bikes will wear the Bridgestone tyre in size 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W) at the front and 190/55ZR17 M/C (75W) on the rear.
The Lexus NX is the Japanese brand’s first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle, and UK deliveries begin this month. Yokohama Rubber says it is supplying original equipment tyres to the NX, with Toyota Motor Corporation fitting the Yokohama BluEarth-XT AE61 and BluEarth-XT AE61 Z・P・S to the SUV in size 235/60R18 103H.
Yamaha Motor has selected Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tyres for its flagship MT model, the 2022 Yamaha MT-10. The MT-10 wears the Hypersport S22 in size 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W) on the front and 190/55ZR17 M/C (75W) on the rear.
Pirelli is supplying original equipment tyres for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, the fastest and most powerful version of the first all-electric SUV produced by the Blue Oval. A new technical collaboration between Pirelli and Ford has resulted in a tailored version of the P Zero, which the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition will wear in size 245/45R20 103Y XL. The tyre features the ‘Elect’ marking on the sidewall, which denotes Pirelli tyres dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicles.
Hyundai Commercial Vehicle has worked with ZC Rubber in China for some time now, and the tyre maker now reports supplying new patterns and sizes from its truck tyre ranges for various Hyundai long-haul truck models in this market. Models receiving original equipment ZC Rubber tyres include the Hyundai Hongtu EV, a fully electric light truck, and the Hyundai Xcient.
The National Franchised Dealers Association argues that there is cause for optimism in the new car sector based on strong consumer demand, despite a disappointing 1 per cent increase in new car registrations in 2021. Chief executive Sue Robinson said: “A poll conducted by NFDA revealed that 78.6 per cent of franchised vehicle dealers are optimistic about the level of demand in the year ahead as consumer confidence improves while we move through the pandemic and the electrification of the UK car parc continues apace.
Responding to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ 2021 new car registration data, analyst Deloitte has proclaimed 2021 “the year electric vehicles became mainstream”. It added that range issues are receding as a headwind thanks to technological progress. It identifies the speed of charge point infrastructure and the price of entry post-subsidies as the major headwinds for the sector in 2022.
2021 UK car sales were stalled by Covid and its impact on the supply chain, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders explains. 1.65 million new cars were registered in an increase of just 1.0 per cent on pandemic-ravaged 2020, making it the second-worst year since 1992. Sales were -28.7 per cent below pre-Covid levels thanks to headwinds, which included the semiconductor shortage. However, figures did show that the transition to electric cars is proceeding quickly. More than one in six registrations were plug-in, while battery electric cars alone rose to one in nine. Overall, the SMMT notes that this means more BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) were registered than in 2016-2020 combined. The society added that the UK auto industry is calling for the government to extend incentives and mandate chargepoint targets. It argues that the UK needs to accelerate consumer uptake of EVs, maintaining the country’s attractiveness against competitor markets.
From November 2021, Continental is supplying its TractorMaster and Tractor85 agricultural tyre ranges to John Deere’s factory in Iowa, USA for original equipment fitment on the John Deere 7R and 8R tractor lines. These sizable machines require tyres with external diameters of up to 2.05 metres and rim diameters up to 50-inches. This arrangement builds upon Continental’s supply to John Deere in Europe, where its tyres have been fitted to tractors produced at the Mannheim factory in Germany since 2019.
With more than 620 miles on a single battery charge, Mercedes-Benz says it is “setting new standards for electric range and efficiency” with the Vision EQXX. It attributes this generous range to numerous factors, including ultra-low rolling resistance tyres from Bridgestone.
Porsche has selected Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres for the latest Cayenne Turbo GT. The crossover SUV will wear the P Zero Corsa in size 285/35ZR22 XL (106 Y) at the front and 315/30ZR22 XL (107 Y) size on the rear. Both fitments bear the NO marking which identifies them as tyres specifically developed for Porsche.
The Polestar 2 can be ordered with factory-fitted Continental PremiumContact 6 and SportContact 6 tyres in size 245/40 R20. Both original equipment tyres are V-rated and thus approved for speeds up to 149 mph (240 km/h) and have an XL mark for a higher maximum load. For those seeking winter surefootedness, Polestar has also approved the Continental WinterContact TS 850 P in size 245/45R19 102V XL.