Fleet managers from UK emergency services have given the thumbs up to Michelin’s new CrossClimate tyres – the first summer tyres with winter capabilities – following a day of testing at the MIRA proving ground.
As the year flies by, it will be time again to be thinking about winter driving and winter tyres.
The guys who run our emergency services are already thinking about the winter ahead and in this article have attended a tyre trial, looking at the Michelin CrossClimate tyres.
Michelin have put much time and research into this tyre and hope that it will bridge the gap between summer and winter tyres.
Unlike other tyre manufacturers products the CrossClimate tyres are said to be a summer tyre that is also suitable for spells of cold and snowy weather.
We have already sold some of these CrossClimate tyres here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. We are in a hilly district and have many customers who fit their winter tyres every October and November.
Michelin hope that with the new CrossClimate tyres, then drivers will not have to change from summer to winter tyres every year?but i am not sure?things do not seem to end up like that in the tyre trade and i do not think that the CrossClimate will make a clean sweep of it?
The new Michelin CrossClimate tyres are also attracting the attention of fleet car managers. The fleet car and van industry are always looking for other ideas that could save them money in the
long run. The CrossClimate tyres will stop the need of changing the summer tyres for winter tyres and at the end of winter, the other way round. The CrossClimate tyres will do the one job.
I also believe that this will also open up opportunities for other manufacturers with a similar product. I am thinking about the excellent Vredestein Quatrac tyres. These are also suitable for all weathers, and i think they would also be more cost effective.
Michelins experience;Nothing is as unpredictable as the weather. Now it’s your turn to change the game.Put the new, innovative MICHELIN CrossClimate tyres to the weather test.
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Michelin CrossClimate tyres are no doubt one of the tyres to watch out for this coming autumn. Michelin have now released stocks of the CrossClimate and we are now getting our own stocks in here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, Yorkshire UK.
it would be impossible to keep all the sizes in stock and so we just stick to the top ten sizes.
Other tyre manufacturers also make similar products, what we call “all-weather tyres”. Apollo vredestein have just brought out another tyr from the long line of the The new Vredestein Quatrac 5 is characterised by the sleek, asymmetrical design of the tread.
Michelins experience in designing and making tyres that are suitable for driving in winter conditions, stems back to the early days of rallying. Michelins experience in rally tyres is second to none, with Pirelli and Goodyear probably coming a close second.
In my opinion the CrossClimate tyre is a culmination of all this experience. The video shows the extreme conditions and driving that these tyres are put through on testing. This is something that was only available to the tyre trade at one time. Now though we have advanced visual aids for all to see and thanks to YouTube, these tyre companies can show the public exactly how their tyres can perform.
A couple of interesting points that i think about when looking at the CrossClimate, is the use of a directional tread pattern. The modern trend is for the development of the asymmetric tread pattern design, which has the “holding the road on all four corners effect”. Another
point is that Michelin show “snow flake emblem” on the Cross-climates side wall. This is a good point and means that the tyre has been thoroughly tested in snow conditions, as the video shows.
This has been an active debate in my LinkedIn tyre group would this new tyre from Michelin CrossClimate. I think that the new tyre will be a success but will not affect the sale of true winter tyres.
In an excellent reply, A representative from Michelin explained why the new tyre is different. Hence, from other similar types and is not the same as an all-weather tyre. Because of the sipes and the compound of the tyre.
Michelin CrossClimate in the debate?
If nothing else the Michelin CrossClimate tyre has opened up a discussion between the tyre dealers. As to what the tyre is?
The answer will be coming up later in my article. For years now we have had different tyres. Of course, coming out from various tyre manufacturers.
These have claimed to be an all-season tyre. In other words. Naturally, a tyre that will cope with dry, sunny weather in summer. Therefore will also deal with inclement weather in winter time, including ice and snow.
In my opinion, the objective was never quite reached. The problem in achieving this has always been a perennial one.
It ‘s hard to combine the correct compound with the tread pattern. Thus, would be required to give you winter grip in snow. Vredestein (now owned by Apollo tyres) have always made a good quality winter tyre. That has won many awards over the years. But in my opinion. We always found that the “Quatrac” which was an all-weather tyre, tough to sell. It was as if the customers had a fixed idea of what they wanted.
Here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. We have a good uptake of drivers who want winter tyres fitting. Because we are in a very hilly district. Therefore, we do experience snow throughout the winter period. They have a fixed idea of what they want. They want to be the ones that can get to school and work on snowy mornings, because of the winter tyres fitted to their cars and SUV’s.
The Michelin CrossClimate
started a great debate in a LinkedIn tyre forum, with some members doubting that this tyre was any different to the ones before it, but I had a great comment from a Michelin Guy who told us exactly why the CrossClimate was an entirely different tyre to its predecessors
I will publish the comment as soon as I get permission from the writer.
Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres tyre comparison with winter tyres.
The Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres offer the advantages of summer tyres. Naturally, in wet braking, dry braking and longevity. Therefore plus the advantages of winter tyres in traction and braking.Thus, when driving in occasional snowy conditions. Of course, with the simplicity of only one set of tyres all year long.
Michelin have in my opinion, set a new bench mark in tyre design. Because as far as i know the CrossClimate is the first summer tyre with winter tyre capabilities.
We all know of the old dull name of “all-weather tyre”. Over the years this name has been diluted. It became a nothing word in the tyre industry. The name has fallen apart, since the introduction of the modern winter tyre. These tyre are now much quieter than their older counterparts. Old winter tyres had very deep and noisy tread patterns.
Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres set a new benchmark
This was not any good for the modern cars. New tyres were introduced for this purpose. Now we have a new generation from Michelin. Hence, a summer tyre also suitable for winter use.
Compare the performance of MICHELIN CrossClimate all-weather vs winter tyres in tests across different weather conditions.
The CrossClimate+ with improved through-life performance
Michelin CrossClimate Plus Tyres
This article from Fleetpoint adds just another recommendation. Hence for this excellent tyre from Michelin. As a result the new “Plus” tyre was introduced at the prestigious Paris Motor Show . In October.
Moreover, the new model of tyre is said to be improved . Thus, by a better winter performance. In addition, which is said to last the whole depth of the tread. At the moment this stands at 1.6 mm . Of course, the CrossClimate is a summer tyre with the three peaks mountain snowflake qualification. As a result, that gives the tyre a winter capability in snow and ice.
Once again this tyre should perform at its near best right up to the 1.6 mm legal tread limit. Probably, giving Michelin the edge on its competitors tyre products.
In addition to the original product’s unique summer-tyre-with-a-three-peaks-mountain-snowflake qualification, the latest version is said to improve winter performance and consistent whole tread life performance. Finally, this latter point . Therefore, picks up on what appears to be an increasingly important theme . Especially, to Michelin .That tyres should performs consistently well through right up to the 1.6 mm legal tread depth limit.