Long-lasting top-level performance in summer and winter
To see the positive impact the CrossClimate range has made on the tyre world, let’s go back to May 2015 when Michelin com- bined the best in summer and winter tyre technology.
The first-generation MICHELIN CrossClimate tyre was the very first summer tyre to receive win- ter certification, identifiable by the 3PMSF (3 Peaks Mountain Snow Flake) logo on its sidewall – a guarantee of performance in winter conditions.
The MICHELIN CrossClimate was then marketed across Europe with imme- diate success. Its innovative compound contains new elastomers and a special silica, thinner than usual, which improves the stability of the tyre’s characteristics across a wide outdoor temperature range. CrossClimate tyres retain their pro- perties in summer heatwaves when the air temperature hits the 25°C mark, and the road surface is hotter still, and also when the thermometer shows less than 7°C. The rubber optimises the grip in all of these conditions.
The revolutionary compound developed by Michelin ensures the tread retains optimum elasticity, regardless of outdoor temperature, to guarantee better grip. Michelin test engineers have covered over 5 million kilometers in temperatures ranging from –30°C to +40°C to produce a tyre that delivers such outstanding performance.
The MICHELIN CrossClimate was ranked first in the 2016 ADAC tyre test published on 22 September compared to competitors’ All Season tyres. This demonstrates its performance as a summer tyre certified for winter use. It was particularly commended for its performance in dry and wet conditions, fuel consumption and longevity1.
In February 2017, Michelin will launch MICHELIN CrossClimate+ which will continue to combine the best of both summer and winter tyre worlds with long- lasting performance.
All tyres’ performance levels change the more miles they cover. While some criteria – such as rolling resistance – may improve, others get worse over time; grip on wet or snow-covered roads being a typical example. “The MICHELIN CrossClimate+ confirms its performance on dry surfaces and its positioning as a premium summer tyre. But it goes even further by guaranteeing optimum traction on snow-covered roads from the first mile to the last.
In winter, and particularly in snowy conditions, vehicles fitted with MICHELIN CrossClimate+ tyres will comfortably reach their destination. Brand new CrossClimate+ tyres offer the same level of traction (on snow) as their main competitors and their performance changes very little, mile after mile, while a significant drop is seen on rival premium A/S models.”
For more information: www.michelin.co.uk