One consequence of car manufacturers seeking to improve their eco scores is that they have taken drastic steps to reduce the weight of the vehicles they produce. With that in mind, spare tyre and wheel assemblies have increasingly been seen as, well, a spare wheel in the life of the average motor. And that’s made many marques call the need for the common-or-garden spare tyre into question.
Car review website Carbuyer.co.uk says UK motorists have given space saver spare wheels and puncture repair kits an “overwhelming thumbs down”. When it asked a sample group of more than a thousand motorists which modern car features annoy them most, two out of three responded that the lack of a full-size spare tyre was their biggest gripe.
Wheel distributor Wheelwright, whose alloy wheel portfolio includes UK brands Calibre & DRC, alongside German owned AEZ, Dotz & Dezent and Italian designs from Mak, have continued to develop their extensive product portfolio with the addition of the RoadHero space saver wheel & tyre kit for a wide range of vehicles.
While the spare wheel has been spurned in favour of sealant kits in numerous late model cars, in many cases the niche where the spare would have gone remains under the boot or luggage compartment. Motorists who find the change to alternative puncture solutions irksome and long for a return to the trusty spare may find a new product from Pneus Service to their liking – at this year’s Reifen show, the Italian company introduced the latest addition to its PS brand of wheel products, the Aftermarket Space Saver.