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Michelin CrossClimate

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Not a winter tyre, not a summer tyre … not even an ‘all-seasons’ tyre – so what is the CrossClimate? | PistonHeads

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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.

For more interesting reading  http://www.michelin.com/eng/media-room/press-and-news/michelin-news/Innovation/The-new-MICHELIN-CrossClimate-tire-a-turning-point-in-history

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/A+Michelin+new+CrossClimate+Tyre

In a recent reply by way of a comment,

  • Damien HALLEZ-GOZARD

    Head of Technical Communication at Michelin explains in great detail why the CrossClimate is a unique and different tyre, to those before it

    Hello,
    “I just want to clarify the positioning of this revolutionary tyre:
    The Michelin CrossClimate is the first ever summer tyre with winter certification; it’s not an all-season tyre (the performance of A/S tyres in Europe are more similar to the performance of winter tyres but significantly worse than summer tyres in areas such as dry braking, longevity, and fuel efficiency).

    The Michelin CrossClimate

    targets the 65% of European motorists who keep the drive on summer tyres all year, the 5% of European drivers who drive on winter tyres all year and the 4% who use all-season tyres. These figures come from our studies, and it’s these real users’ needs that lead Michelin to launch the CrossClimate (and not a VW request).

    The goal is to be armed against changing weather conditions and to offer mobility (traction and braking) whatever the weather in temperate areas with occasional snow. For consumers who frequently face snow and ice conditions, Michelin still recommends using winter tyres which are designed to have optimal all-around performance in snow and ice conditions.
    This performance in both summer and winter conditions is possible due to associated technologies.

    Dry performance close to a summer tyre (Michelin Energy Saver+) is possible due to the large tread blocks with auto-blocking sipes that also ensures tyre life similar to that of a summer tyre.
    Wet performance is made possible due to the silica-based compound and the particular design of the tread pattern and the complex sipes used.

    Snow performance is possible due to the compound and the tread pattern which creates a caterpillar effect on snow, and also due to the complex sipes within the tread blocks. What is important on snow, is the length of edges (of the tread blocks and sipes) and not only the number of sipes, or the density of edge. The density of these efficient-on-snow edges on the Michelin CrossClimate is very close to that of a winter tyre, and the way to use these edges is completely original on this new tyre.

    The Michelin CrossClimate

    has the 3PMSF winter homologation. This means the tyre has passed a test following the UNECE R117 regulation. US test facilities belong to the agreed laboratories to make these tests. And the testing conditions are completely in-line with the usage the new tyre is designed for (see above).

    The compound is not derived from a summer tyre, but specially designed for the intended usage. Mr Shaw gave his opinion, but we have a lot of technologies available to extend the temperature window of a compound, plastifiers, resins, etc., but we also have a way to mix functional short and long polymers with silica. Ingredients are one part, but the way the recipe is mixed is the central part”.

    Eric Roberts

 

 

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