Conti equips buses at FIFA World Cup

Comments Email
Continental A.G. photo Continental A.G. is equipping all 32 team buses at the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer championship in Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO (June 18, 2014) — As an official sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Continental A.G. has equipped all 32 team buses, as well as guest transfer buses with its premium Continental-brand bus tires.

The buses have been fitted with the third-generation ContiGol Urbano, in size 275/80R22.5, which was specially designed to meet the needs of urban traffic in Brazil, where quick stops and speed fluctuations are a common occurrence. Conti said the tire boasts a 30-percent improvement in mileage compared to its predecessor and features a denser molecular structure in the liner to help maintain air pressure at an optimal level.

Conti added that the tire sidewalls have been specially designed with stylized footballs, the FIFA World Cup logo and the vulcanized yellow Continental logo. The one-of-a-kind tires will “ensure a highly visible presence throughout the entire event,” the firm said.

“As an official sponsor to the 2014 FIFA World Cup we of course feel responsible for the safety of the world’s best footballers and our own guests,” said Alexander Bahlmann, head of public relations, passenger and light truck tires. “Therefore we are aiming to live up to this great responsibility in Brazil too, because our products forge the only link between the buses and the road.”

Production of the ContiGol Urbano began in the first quarter of 2014 at Continental’s tire plant in Camacari, Bahia, Brazil. Two sizes — 275/80R22.5 and 295/80R22.5 — are being manufactured for the markets of Brazil, Ecuador, Columbia and Venezuela.

More Polls>

TB Reader Poll

Previous | Published April 23, 2015

Do so-called “Religious Freedom” laws in place in some states impact how companies do business, and do you support them?

I support them and don’t think they have any effect on how I do business
51%
I don’t support them; they have a negative effect on businesses
5%
I think more research should be done about these laws’ impact before they’re enacted
16%
They’re horrible, an infringement on the rights of certain groups or individuals and shouldn’t be the law anywhere
28%

Explore the tire

Pirelli’s newest UHP tire – the P Zero™ All Season Plus