This is the second OE fitment for the Selfseal tire, Michelin said. It was offered on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt as well, but this is a measurably larger tire.
The self-sealing version of the Primacy A/S is primarily an OE tire but can be found as a replacement at car dealerships that carry that fitment, Michelin said. At this point the firm is focused on the OE partnership fitment for this technology.
Michelin has been working on an effective self-sealant tire for years, according to information presented at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum event in Berlin.
At that event, Patrick Denimal, head of development, suggested that self-sealing innerliner technology eventually would become standard on all the company's tires.
Mr. Denimal noted then that Michelin saw having an effective self-sealing tire would obviate the need for a spare tire or tire-changing equipment on board a car.
Michelin previously offered a range of self-sealing tires in the Uniroyal brand, under the NailGard banner, but phased out that option nearly a decade ago. The patented technology used in the Selfseal line of tires features a new design, materials and process, Michelin said.