PHOENIX (Jan. 17, 2001) — Michelin North America Inc. will replace its top-of-the-line performance tire, the XGTZ4, this year with a tire featuring three distinct tread compounds and built on Michelin´s proprietary C3M automated manufacturing equipment.
The new tire, the Pilot Sport A/S, will be marketed as a "no compromise" performance tire, featuring a 400 treadwear rating and — thanks to the multiple tread compounds — "breakthrough" all season performance, according to Alison Heiser, brand manager for the Michelin brand.
Michelin´s C3M production process allows the positioning of a dry handling-optimized tread compound on the shoulders, a wet handling-optimized compound in the center rib, and a third compound designed to deliver optimal all-season wet and snow grip in the contact patch between the shoulders and center rib, the company said.
The Pilot A/S leads a complete makeover of Michelin´s performance line-up in North America, Ms. Heiser told dealers attending the Michelin Americas Small Tires national sales meeting in Phoenix. Other new products will include the Pilot Exalto — an H- and V-rated summer tire replacing the Pilot SX-GT — and the Pilot Primacy — a V- and Z-rated premium touring tire for European luxury cars. It replaces the Pilot HX-MXM.