Tire maker Michelin has launched the CrossClimate 2, an all-season tire designed for use in a wide range of weather conditions, such as those experienced in the UK.
Taking its cues from the company’s previous CrossClimate+ tire, the latest product is said to combine both summer and winter tire attributes – the wet and dry braking performance, energy efficiency and longevity of a summer tire, and the grip, traction, and braking benefits of a winter tire on rain, snow, or ice. The tire has also achieved the 3PMSF (3 Peak Mountain Snowflake) certification for use in winter conditions.
The compounds and stepped sipes support better mileage due to a lower rolling resistance when compared with a standard tire, and this also extends the tire’s service life. Suitable for vehicles with wheels ranging from 15-20in, the tire will come in 105 sizes, 40% more than its predecessor, and will be manufactured in seven factories across Europe, including in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
“Since its launch, the original Michelin CrossClimate has had a radical effect on the European All-Season tire market, which has since enjoyed annual growth in excess of 19%, in addition to being the only segment to have kept growing during lockdown,” commented Scott Clark, executive vice-president, automotive, motorsport and member of the Michelin Group executive committee.
“Over the next five years, it is expected to expand at a rate of more than 16% per year. Safer, longer-lasting and more economical, the Michelin CrossClimate 2 is a further illustration of the Group’s All-Sustainable strategy.”