CLERMONT-FERRAND, France (March 3, 2015) — Group Michelin has developed and is rolling out an all-season tire, the CrossClimate, for Europe, calling it the the “first summer tire with winter certification.”
Michelin is the second major tire maker to launch an all-season line this year. Pirelli unveiled its Cinturato All-Season in early February, saying the tire is designed to appeal to a range of buyers whose situation doesn't merit winter tires but who do encounter winter conditions on a limited basis.
Michelin calls the CrossClimate a “fusion of summer and winter tire technologies…which until now were thought to be incompatible.”
In launching the CrossClimate, Michelin cited market research that shows nearly two-thirds of European motorists use summer tires all year, jeopardizing their safety in cold weather, snow and ice. The percentage varies from 20 percent in Germany, where regulations require winter tires to be fitted in winter conditions, to 76 perent in France, where there are no regulatory constraints.
Research also revealed that four in 10 European motorists consider the seasonal tire change a “constraint” and therefore leave it until the very last moment to change or don't change at all. In addition, Michelin discovered that 3 percent of drivers in Germany and 7 percent in France use their winter tires all year, compromising dry braking, particularly in warm weather and increasing fuel consumption.
Some of the new tire's characteristics, according to Michelin:
- It brakes in short distances on dry ground;
- It carries an “A” wet braking label;
- It carries the industry's winter use ID, the Three-Peak Mountain with Snow Flake.