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Pirelli Cinturato All Season tyre is to be launched with a ‘seal inside’ – Tyrepress.com

pirelli cinturato all season tyre

Cinturato All-Season designed for markets like the UK Pirelli has launched a new all-season tyre aimed at increasing premium seasonal tyre sales amongst daily drivers living in markets with tempera…

Pirelli is just one of the major tyre companies. To aim for the top  spot. I do like the idea of a winter tyre that also has the potential to have a puncture protection system inside. Now bringing out the Pirelli Cinturato all Season tyres.

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Pirelli Cinturato All Season tyre launch took place in Sicily

Pirelli tyres look to have gone for the middle option. Especially, between summer and winter tyres.Thus, by developing a new “all weather tyre” into their range, the Pirelli cinturato all season tyre.
The tyre was launched in late January 2015.As expected, on the holiday island of Sicily off the coast of Italy. This was aimed at signifying the different climates.To show, that the tyre can work well in, balancing the snow covered peaks of Mt Etna. With the warmer area nearer the coast.
This is the first time that Pirelli have produced such a tyre.Therefore, it will be aimed at increasing premium seasonal tyre sales.For this reason, amongst daily drivers living in markets with temperate European climates and especially in urban areas.

The southern parts of Europe usually stay on the mid side in winter. Because drivers were often taking the odd trip. Into mountain regions. Where the weather is colder with some snow. The tyre has the three peaks “three peaks mountain snowflake” symbol making the tyre a good winter tyre and it is available in 15/16/ and 17-inch tyre sizes.

Pirelli Cinturato All Season tyre

The mountain snowflake symbol. Means that the tyre will qualify for the countries that have to fit winter tyres.Thus by law at certain times of the year. Gregorio Borgo, Pirelli’s general manager. Said that the new tyre would target a large part of the car tyre market. About 74% in fact, where the winters are not so severe.Naturally, with warmer summers. The Pirelli Cinturato All Season tyre will be ideal for all but the harshest winter and summers, and perform just as well under all weathers.
In my opinion, the winters are changing. I am lucky enough to have a holiday home in the south-west of France.

Accordingly, the winters are usually very mild, but we can get winds from Russia that can bring the temperature down to -17 c and last winter we had 10 inches of snow to contend with, lucky I had a set of winter tyres fitted. But I suppose that a few of days it was back up to 15 c. These Pirelli’s would probably be the perfect tyres for this type of climate?

Pirelli Cinturato All Season can also be puncture protected.

This is one of the big pluses for me. Because in a fact, this new tyre can also be sold with the new self-seal technology. That many tyre companies are developing. Pirelli’s version is known as “seal inside”.
This gives these tyres.Therefore, the edge and adds another layer of safety features into the tyre product. The self-seal does what it says. Because, if a screw penetrates the tyre. Thus, the area or hole will be sealed. The car and driver will be able to continue their journey. This is really useful on a stinking winters day. When your hands could freeze off when having to change a wheel because of a puncture, in my opinion, this would sell a tyre, not just the all season bit but the whole package, including the self-seal.

Pirelli Cinturato All Season tyre

This would be a good product here in the UK especially in the south where the winters are milder. Figures show that the winter tyre market here in the UK is less than 2%, but I think that the figure is higher than that and the winter tyre market is now growing at a fast pace , if sales here in Halifax Yorkshire UK are anything to go by.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Pirelli Cinturato all Season Tyres online from our website.

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Pirelli Tyres aiming for the SUV and Crossover market

Like most of the other major tyre companies, Pirelli tyres are striving to compete in the drive to produce a greener and more fuel efficient tyre.

The new tyre from Pirelli is the Scorpion Verde, the Verde obviously meaning “green” in English.
The new tyre is an all “season tyre” and will be aimed at the ever growing SUV and Crossover vehicle market. Because the manufacture of the compounds will include a product by the name of Highly Aromatic Oil free or “HAOF” for short, they will use 8% less carbon based oil materials and therefore be safer to the environment, hence the term Verde.
The new Pirelli tyres will bring the level of tyre comfort and quietness to a new level, whilst also providing the driver with a higher mileage and reduce their driving costs.

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde tyre

Drivers of SUV and Crossover vehicles are not known to buy these types of cars to save money on fuel consumption, but for other reasons which may include a higher driving position and a greater feeling of safety, with better vision when driving. These are the reasons that my wife gave when buying her new Mitsubishi Outlander. What the fuel consumption of the car did made little difference to her choice.
We do however have a significant proportion of our customers now driving these vehicles and when the price of fuel was sky high, they did look at things to help them with their consumption. I noticed that they were looking more and more at the information on the new tyre labelling system.
We also noticed that the cars were coming out on summer tyres and our customers in Halifax were getting concerned about the winter. Would this type of tyre be good enough for the winter? The answer came when we had our first bad winter for many years and these vehicles were hopeless in any type of snowy and icy conditions.
This is probably one of the reasons that Pirelli tyres used their new product as an “all season tyre” I am not sure that an all season tyre would be good enough in the hilly Halifax area, but would be ideal for use in the flatter and milder regions of the UK.

The Pirelli Tyres Scorpion Verde summer pattern

This tyre comes out in a normal type of summer tread pattern and has a fuel rating of C and a wet grip rating of B, which is up there with the rest of them. The tyre is now approved for use on some VW models and Complies with the 2012 EU Regulation on the reduction of noise, resulting in improved driving comfort. The SCORPION VERDE™ has been created by Pirelli, to take full advantage of their most modern materials, tyre structures and newly developed tread patterns in order to guarantee savings, in respect for our environment, driver comfort and safety on all road surfaces.
The tyres are available in sizes from 16 to 20 inch wheel sizes which covers most SUV and Crossover tyre fitments.

The Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

SCORPION VERDE™ ALL SEASON is a Pirelli Green Performance Crossover & SUV tyre are made for the drivers who look for a higher mileage and a small amount of off-road performances without having to purchase winter tyres, without giving up comfort and safety on all road surfaces and in every conditions. Both these tyres are well worth a try, when you have to buy a new set of tyres for your SUV or Crossover vehicle.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Pirelli Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test – 3D Car Shows-Pellon Tyres

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test

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General Grabber AT wins second consecutive local 4×4 tyre test General Grabber dominates Drive Out / WegRy all-terrain tyre evaluation Top scorer in off-ro

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test

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General Grabbers are a winner

Hear in Halifax UK, we are lucky enough to be living in a very hilly area. We are in the foot of the Pennine Mountain range that straggles the centre of the UK. We are also a farming area and the towns and cities soon turn into a rural setting, full of sheep farms in the upper regions.
I am explaining this because these guys are the main ones that buy and indeed need 4×4 vehicles to get them around, especially in winter time. We are in a good central area to be able to sell tyres to these farmers, (and repair millions of punctures?).
The farmers of Yorkshire are well known for not parting with their money, so we have to offer them value for money, as the y always want “something for nothing”.

At one time remoulds were popular for their Land Rovers, but these were in the early days of cross ply tyres, sizes like 600×16 and 750×16 on the long wheel base Land Rovers.
As the years rolled on the 4×4 vehicles became fitted with radial tyre sizes and many new makes of tyres were introduced into the country. Some came from America, where the 4×4 market was huge. Even the normal guy on the street would own a pick-up truck.

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test

In the beginning the tyres were imported. Hence, by the bigger tyre companies. Such as Goodyear and some of their subsidiaries . Including Kelly tyres. As a result , who were famous in the States for some of their wide and large 4×4 tyres. Thus. it became a big thing to see how large a tyre you could fit on your 4×4 truck. Smaller companies started to import tyres into the UK . Hence, for the 4×4 market. Including Cooper tyres, BF Goodrich and General Tyres.
These tyres had a huge following in the USA. Consequently, were well advertised in the 4×4 magazines. That were being sold here in the UK. This also corresponded with the increase in the popularity of the 4×4 trucks. Thus, that were now appearing here in the UK. Their popularity was kick started by many farmer’s sons. Who were going off the traditional Land Rovers. So then  onto the American style pickup trucks. That were at the time being imported by Mitsubishi and Nissan.
The tyre that was racing ahead in popularity became the BF Goodrich (BFG), which was an on/off road tyre. This means that the tyre was comfortable to drive on a normal tarmac road, but as equally good when driven off road in the fields and mud and snow. BFG were the one to beat but in my opinion became too expensive.

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General Grabber AT2 4x4x tyre

People started to try other cheap tyre products in the 4×4 tyre range and this is where the General Grabber came into its own. General Grabber was at first an American tyre, but became one of the victims of the tyre take over war, and was bought by Continental tyres, to fit into their product range as their 4×4 tyre.

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test

This is what gave the General Grabber more recognition and it was not long before tyre retailers such as us were selling these tyres to the 4×4 market.
The General Grabber began to outsell the BFG tyres, with their AT (all traction) range of on/off road tyres. The other good advantage they had was that they were also priced in a lower price bracket, which suited the farmers and builders that were the main users of these types of vehicles.

The General Grabber still remains very popular today with updated versions of the tread patterns.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Michelin Tyres online from our website

Michelin Premier A-S All-Season Tyre

Michelin Premier A-S uses new materials

Like many other major tyre companies, Michelin have being experimenting with different materials to use in the tyres compound. This is to try and reduce the amount of petro-chemicals that are used in the manufacture of tyres. Michelin have used a combination of sunflower oil and silica.
The silica is used by most tyre companies, especially in the winter tyre ranges. The silica helps the tyre in wet weather by providing more strength and stability to the tyres

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The excellent new Michelin Premier AS All-Season tyre

performance, whist the sunflower oil helps the tyre perform well in lower temperature, a mix that goes well in an all-season tyre, helping it to perform in both summer and winter, hence the name all-season.
Most tyres have incorporated sipes and grooves into the tyres tread, this dissipates the water from the tyre in inclement weather. As the tyre wears with use these grooves start to disappear in many makes of tyres, in fact some tyres in particularly Continental, look like racing slick with 3mm of tread left and would be useless in the wet. The new Michelin however has grooves that are spread around the outside of the tread, which become wider as the tyre tread wears out, this means that the tyre will maintain its grip as the tyre wears down and dissipate the water, where normally the opposite happens ,the tyre loses grip when it wears down.
As the tyre wears more grooves that have been placed deeper in the tread will start to appear, in fact there are about 150 extra hidden grooves placed in the central area of the tyre, only showing when the tyre wears down, this also gives extra grip in wet weather. When the tyre increase its mileage the tyre gives a more stable traction on the road surface.

The Michelin Premier A/S will replace the MXV4 All season tyre.

All the new developments in this Michelin Premier tyre are known collectively as Ever-Grip technology and it is said that Michelin have been working on the Ever Grip system for many years. The new tyre has been tested against its predecessor and other makes. The disappointing aspect of the new tyre was the performance in “dry braking”. This was measured as only average when compared to other makes of tyres and actually worse that the MXV4. When a worn tyre was tested the dry stopping distance was even worse, about 10 foot different.
The new Michelin shone out in a wet weather test when water was added to the test track. The new tyre stopped almost exactly the same in wet as it did in dry weather both with a new tread and a worn tread.
The tests showed that the Premier was miles ahead of its predecessor the MXV4 all–season. The Premier A/S delivered a safe, predictable stopping performance on dry and wet roads and is largely immune to the effects of tread loss, the tyre performs almost perfectly with a good tread and when the tyre is nearing the end of its treads life.

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Michelin premier cross section

The new tyres rolling resistance was found to be very good, making it a good tyre when it comes to fuel economy. The tyre also performed well when handling on ice and snow and also did well for hydroplaning resistance. The new technology has proved very successful for Michelin and is expected to be used in future tyre developments and new products. This new tyre will be available from Pellon Autocentre in the Halifax area of Yorkshire UK.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

 

Winter Tyres a Brief History

Some manufacturers of winter tyres  were slow to start

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This Goodyear winter tyres shows the complex tread pattern

There is no doubt about it, that in recent times the winter tyres as we know them today, have taken off big style, with motorists here in the UK.

I can actually remember another window in time, when I was a tyre fitter for one of the national tyre companies in a small town called Dewsbury, in Yorkshire UK. From what I can remember, we must have been going through a spell of cold winters then because I can clearly remember that we were fitting winter tyres.
The tyres were mainly remould tyres, because the drivers did not want to run these tyres in the summer months. The winter tyres then were really summer tyres with a very heavy tread pattern attached to the tyres carcass. The tread patterns were usually derived from the old tread patterns as used by the new tyre manufacturers. The old Firestone and Goodyear tread patterns were very popular. The tyre remould company would buy the old tyre moulds from these companies and use them to remould their tyres from old casings.
The remoulded winter tyres were very noisy and because of the big tread patterns they would also over-heat. The over-heating was caused by sheer friction, between the tyre and the road surface and the sound they made was a constant drumming noise, inside the car. The friction also caused the remould tyres to separate; this is when the tread parts with the casing part of the tyre. This is often seen on our motorways, when a huge chunk of tyre treads strips off and is often left at the side of the road or the grass verge.
The first so-called winter tyre was invented as long ago as 1908 when a Frank Seiberling, cut an extra deep groove in an early tyre to discover that the tyre gave a better grip on a wintery road surface.
Nothing much happened after that until the first modern type of winter tyre was introduced by Nokian tyres of Finland, which was a range of winter truck tyres named as the “kelirengas” translated as “weather tyre”. This was in 1934 and in 1936 the Fins launched a winter tyre for cars which was known as the “Lumi-Hakkapelitta”.

Other winter tyres companies

were slow to follow, and did not really start to develop winter tyres until the early 1950,s. These included Goodyear tyres in America, who brought out the “Suburbanite” whose excellent early TV, advert can be seen on this blog post.
Also at the same time Continental tyres were bringing out a winter tyre known as the M14. These types of tyres were very heavy on tread rubber, but they are the beginning of the modern-day winter tyres that we see today. The main difference is that the tyre design has had to change to meet the demands of the modern car and more fundamentally the tyres now have added ingredients in their tread compounds that were not known about in the early days, primarily silca based compounds that now help the tyre to carry on flexing in cold temperatures.

Yokohama also make an excellent winter tyres the W drive winter as seen on this video.

Vredestien tyres from Holland were also a pioneer of the winter tyres, first bringing out the Snow + winter tyres in the 1960,s.
Wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk has been set up as an informative web site about all tyre subjects and other stories of interest to the garage and auto-centre owner.

Eric Roberts
Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

Winter Tyres versus 4×4: which is best? – A great comparison from Auto Express

Winter Tyres versus 4×4

Winter tyres are going to be on a lot of minds of many motorists this year – It is always possible that Great Britain could face a particularly harsh winter this year. It is possible that we could have snow falling from as early as November. Motorists who have bought a four-wheel drive car,  probably think that they are  properly prepared – but are they?

AutoExpress, went up to Tamworth Snowdome. This was  to find out if a front-wheel drive car with winter tyres has more traction in the snow than a 4×4 with summer tyres fitted. They used two Ford Kuga, cars, both with 2.0-litre diesel engines and manual gearboxes. But one is front-wheel drive and the other all-wheel drive. The 4×4 Ford Kuga costs £1500 more than the normal model.

I am always telling my customers, that in snowy conditions, the rubber in summer tyres gets harder and does not grip very well. Winter tyres use a softer compound and a tread pattern that’s designed to pick up snow and dissipate it- improving the grip in these wintery conditions.

In their first test, we saw that the front-wheel drive car on summer tyres was hopeless in the snow.  However, when fitted with winter tyres, the car did much better. Furthermore, they also tested the 4×4 on summer tyres – and the results were very surprising.

With the winter tyres fitted, the normal Kuga went 110 metres up the slope, While the 4×4 car only made it 13 metres up, before sliding back down 9 metres. In the end, it ended up no further than the standard did with summer tyres.

Winter Tyres versus 4×4

They also tested the four-wheel drive Ford Kuga. This was fitted with winter tyres. As a result, the difference was astonishing. There was plenty of grip and the car drove all the way to the top of the steep ski slope, without any real effort.

Obviously, the best solution for driving on snow is to have a 4×4 fitted with  winter tyres . It was proven, that without the correct tyres fitted then a 4×4 is just as useless in snow and ice as the average two wheel drive car. We recommend using General Grabber AT2 Tyres for your SUV or 4X4.

New Michelin CrossClimate-An article from the Irish Examiner | Irish Examiner

New Michelin CrossClimate

New Michelin CrossClimateTimely news for Irish motorists is the announcement by Michelin of its plans to expand its range of summer tyres with winter capabilities with the introduction of CrossClimate+ fitments, built to offer improved traction on snow-covered roads.

New Michelin CrossClimate

This new CrossClimate tyre from Michelin has indeed become very popular with the public. Hence, this is the reason that Michelin have decided to increase the range of tyres.

Michelin have also let it known that they intend to make the tyre more “snow friendly”. I do find this strange. Because, I wonder if Michelin have had problems with the early version of these tyres.

The new tyre will be known as the CrossClimate +. Thus, this tyre is expected to give better traction in snowy weather. Of course, I am not sure if the lack of snow traction was found in test conditions, or reported to them by their customers.

However as long as Michelin have corrected any discretion, then it must be a good thing.

Eric Roberts

Source: Irish Examiner | Irish Examiner

General Tyre Sponsorship-South Africa kicks off sponsorship of Lifesaving SA

General Tyre Sponsorship

General Tire. Hence, a brand of Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA).Consequently, is making a significant contribution to safety this holiday season.For this reason,  and beyond by sponsoring Lifesaving South Africa (LSA). So along with its wide range of essential support services provided countrywide. This initiative. Sees General Tire becoming the high-profile title sponsor of […].

Of course, tyre companies are looking at all types of sponsorship and advertising deals. For this reason, we can see all kinds of tyre companies advertising on our TV sets. Including massive football clubs such as Liverpool and Chelsea AFC. lesser known tyre companies are constantly involved in promoting other sports. Hence this General tyre life saving deal is a good example, to what we may expect to see.

Other tyre advertising projects including the tyre companies. Involved in car rallying and many other motorsport events. Pirelli are a good example of this. Naturally, as the tyre supplier to the F1 racing teams.

General Tyre Sponsorship

“Lifesaving South Africa plays an important role looking after our beaches and waterways, particularly during the holiday seasons, and we are proud to be associated with this organization and its commendable work. It’s a perfect fit with the General Tire brand’s adventurous ‘Anywhere is Possible’ tagline and the focus on making your beach and holiday General Tyre Sponsorshipadventure safe,” Langner adds.

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General Tyre Promotes Tyre Safety-at Dubai Sevens Rugby Tournament

General Tyre Promotes Tyre Safety

General used the recent Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens event as an opportunity to promote tire safety. General Tire was one of the partners of the event which drew thousands of rugby fans and used its booth at the tournament to provide attendees with tips to stay safe […]

General Tire Promotes Tire Safety at Dubai Sevens tournament

General Tyre Promotes Tyre Safety

Accordingly. many of my customers will have noticed that tyres and sport have tied the knot. Thus , in recent times. Of course, some better examples are Yokohama tyres and Chelsea Football club. Hence, Continental tyres sponsor the world ladies soccer team organisation. Thus , you will also see Apollo tyres at Manchester United, on the advertising boards on match days of course.

There are countless other tyre companies, with ties to sporting organisations. Tyre companies must think it their worthwhile to do this. Many other sporting ties include motor racing. Including Pirelli supporting the F1 race cars for one. Michelin support many  motor racing events including the Le-Mans 24 hour racing scene.

The list goes on and on. Therefore, it has come as no surprise that General tyres have backed the Dubai rugby sevens event. Hence, by having a tyre safety event.

General Tire used the recent Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens event as an opportunity to promote tire safety. General Tire was one of the partners of the event which drew thousands of rugby fans and used its booth at the tournament to provide attendees with tips to stay safe on the roads.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1255/GENERAL

General Audi Altimax Arctic Tyres-Audi A4 having fun with a set of General winter tyres fitted.

General Audi Altimax Arctic Tyres

General Audi Altimax Arctic Tyres

We should all be having “fun in the snow”. I certainly did, when I was a kid. Therefore, they should be no reason why we would not do the same as adults.

I know what is not fun? thats driving in snow. Especially in a car fitted on summer tyres. Driving in snow with summer tyres is a miserable experience. We have all done this in the past. Hence, there were times when millions of us just could not get to work. As expected in snowy weather.

In my opinion, this should not happen in modern times. Winter tyres, are not an expensive item any more. The tyre trade has been trying to explain to the motorists about the safety features of fitting winter tyres. Thus , onto their cars, before the bad weather arrives.

I can see a big improvement in way that the public do respond by fitting winter tyres. Of course, word of mouth has been a factor of this. Including social media sites. There is no doubt that winter tyres are a major safety feature for the six months of winter. Trying to get out of the snow, very nice winter/snow tyres. In an audi A4. Fun in the snow, General Altimax Arctic Tyres

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/General/Altimax+Winter+Plus