HANNOVER, Germany (Jan. 28, 2014) — Volkswagen A.G. has approved three Continental-brand summer tires for OE fitment for three of its models — the Golf 7, CC and Beetle.
According to Conti, the Golf 7 will be fitted with 15- and 16-inch versions of the ContiEcoContact 5 and ContiPremiumContact 5; the CC will be fitted with the 17-inch ContiSportContact 5 and ContiEcoContact 5; and the Beetle will be fitted with the 20-inch ContiSportContact 5 tire.
The tires for the Golf 7 and CC contracts will be made in Europe, while the tire for the Beetle will come from Conti’s plant in Mount Vernon, Ill., the tire maker said.
Depending on the design, the tires are developed for low fuel consumption—for the Golf 7 Blue Motion, for example—comfortable driving or sporty handling, Conti said, including the Beetle fitment.
For the more luxury-oriented CC, Volkswagen uses tires with “ContiSeal” technology, which seals minor damage to the tire by itself.
“Volkswagen chose our tires because we satisfy the Wolfsburg-based company’s high expectations and performance specification with our premium products,” said Jörg Göner, manager, automotive engineering, for Conti’s Volkswagen group.
Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?
|I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.||
|I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.||
|I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.||
|I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.||
|I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.||
|Total votes: 78|