GREENVILLE, S.C. (Nov. 21, 2005) — Michelin North America Inc. has added three new X-Ice Pax system winter tires that can be operated after a puncture for as many as 125 miles at speeds up to 50 mph.
The Michelin X-Ice Pax System 225-700R480A, X-Ice Pax System 245-680R460A and Michelin X-Ice Pax System 235-710R460A tires are available now for the Nissan Quest, the Acura RL and the Honda Odyssey Touring Edition, respectively, the Greenville-based tire maker said.
Each of the tires will be available as a tire that can be mounted on an existing Pax System assembly at authorized Michelin Pax dealers. The new tires also will be available as part of a complete replacement Pax system assembly, which includes the tire pressure sensor, gel, support ring and wheel, at Acura, Honda, Nissan and Michelin dealers in the U.S.
“We are pleased to extend the capability of Michelin Pax System to drivers in wintry conditions when changing a tire by the roadside may not only be unnerving, but may also be extremely dangerous,” said Normand Latremouille, winter segment marketing manager for Michelin. “By combining the innovative Michelin X-Ice tire's tread design with mobility-enhancing features of Pax System, drivers will benefit from improved safety and outstanding braking and handling in winter driving conditions. Best of all, they can drive confidently to a safe location if they experience a tire puncture.”
The tread compound on the new tires consists of rubber technology that helps deliver traction by providing the required flexibility of the tread where it meets the road, according to Michelin. The non-directional tread pattern of the Michelin X-Ice Pax System tire has smaller tread elements, each with multiple sipes resulting in a large quantity of road-biting edges that create traction in snow or on ice.