Monday, March 27, 2017


Oliver ORCO LTD retread (Photo: Michelin)

New retread promises excellent all-weather traction and durability, and has been designed for applications like school buses, as well as food and beverage applications.
The Oliver Rubber Company, owned by Michelin, announced the launch of the Oliver Lug Traction Drive, a new lightweight, open-shoulder drive-position retread for regional and urban commercial vehicles.
The company says the tread resists stone retention, other road debris and helps enforce any pull point schedule. It replaces the Oliver Super Traction Deep retread.
“For over 100 years, Oliver has proudly produced top-quality, American-made retreads to keep trucks moving with cost-efficient solutions,” said Adam Murphy, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “These new products demonstrate Oliver’s long-standing commitment to fleets seeking the best attributes from their retreads.”

Monday, March 20, 2017


Pirelli’s coloured edition tires are available in red, yellow, white, and silver. (Photo: Pirelli)

The company’s coloured tires can be pre-ordered now in North America, and key markets in Europe and the Far East.
Pirelli is introducing two innovations at the Geneva Motor Show this year.
The first is a coloured edition P Zero and Winter Sottozero tires, engineered to satisfy the increasing demand for personalization from prestige and premium tire clients.
The very first coloured edition P Zero tires have already made their debuts in the last few months as concepts with Pagani, Lamborghini and McLaren, and this summer they will be available for Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche and Bentley. The coloured edition will then be expanded to premium models from the world’s top manufacturers.
The second innovation is Pirelli Connesso: a sensor embedded in the wall of the tire that communicates with the driver via an app. It provides data about tire pressure and temperature even when the car is at rest, plus static vertical load, tire wear, number of kilometres covered for each tire, and, in a future version, the estimated remaining life in kilometres.
It also acts as a remote pressure gauge when tires are being inflated, providing a true and accurate reading without having to wait for the tires to cool down.
Coloured edition tires are available to pre-order straight away for the P Zero and Winter Sottozero. Pirelli Connesso will initially be available in the United States (summer 2017), and later in principal markets within Europe and the Far East.

Monday, March 13, 2017


Michelin North America recently launched the latest member of the Pilot line of performance all-season tires: the Pilot Sport A/S 3+.
The science behind the Pilot Sport A/S 3+ is the direct result of the racetrack to road technology transfer. (Photo: Michelin)

The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3+ benefits from extensive racing technological innovations that make it the best Pilot series tire ever. The Pilot Sport A/S3+ combines a unique tread design with a technologically advanced compound to deliver unparalleled wet and dry performance.
According to the French tire maker, the Pilot Sport A/S 3 delivers levels of wet and dry grip superior to that of the summer tires of most competitive offerings, including levels of both wet and dry braking performance that make this latest member of the Pilot family the leader in UHP tire technology and performance.
To top things off, the Pilot Sport All-Season 3+ offers 28% better snow traction than its predecessor.
ʺBy choosing the Pilot Sport A/S 3+, drivers in the market for all-season tires will experience the benefits of our best ultra-high performance tire ever,ʺ explains Sabrina Garofalo, Operations Marketing Manager at Michelin North America (Canada). ʺIts features were developed for endurance racing, combining breakthrough levels of wet and dry grip and excellent mobility for outstanding all-season performance and safety.”
ʺThe Pilot family of tires is a direct result of over 120 years of innovation and testing. As we are continuously evolving the safety and performance of our products, we continue to deliver the Michelin standard in these key areas,” continued Sabrina Garofalo. “The simplest way to improve the performance of your vehicle is to install a set of tires from the Pilot family.”
The Michelin Sport A/S 3+ tire was designed, engineered and manufactured in North America

Monday, March 6, 2017

Best Tires for Audi Q7 TDI

The 2015 Audi Q7 TDI Premium is loved by its owners for its lush interior and sophisticated driving characteristics. This seven-passenger SUV is also praised for its fuel-efficient TDI diesel engine.  

When it comes to the vehicle’s tires, either the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV-4X4 or Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 are Original Equipment. Q7 TDI owners, have you been  happy with the performance of your O.E. tires? Time for an upgrade? If so, take a look at the following recommendations.
In 265/50R19, we currently have four best sellers:
  1. Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
  2. Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus
  3. Goodyear Eagle LS-2
  4. Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400

If you are happy with the performance of your Original Equipment Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400, you’ll be happy to know it is currently on special. It receives good grades in dry traction and steering response, and comes at a good price.
For a performance upgrade, go with the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus. The tire is ranked second in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category and receives excellent or superior ratings in every category. We tested the tire in the fall of 2014 and were extremely impressed with its blend of comfort and handling. Pirelli’s Scorpion All Season Plus also combines longer treadwear and reduced rolling resistance to deliver more miles and miles per gallon than its predecessor.
And if you really want to maximize performance this winter, take a look at a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. A set of Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 (top-ranked tire in its category) installed on a set of winter wheels means you will never have to worry about the forecast again!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


TWEEL SSL HST (Photo: Michelin)

Available in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the TWEEL SSL HST provides more longevity on pavement, asphalt and other hard surfaces.
Michelin Tweel Technologies has introduced a Hard Surface Traction (HST) version of its MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL Airless Radial Tire.  
The TWEEL SSL HST is designed for operators who are involved with construction, transfer stations, waste handling, pavement maintenance or material handling.
The tire offers the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise, and no downtime, since the TWEEL tire requires no air (thereby eliminating the risk of a flat tire).
“The development of this product was in direct response to customer demand,” said Justin L. Brock, Michelin Agriculture’s compact line business manager in North America. “Our customers are looking for a long-wearing, hard-surface solution that also provides traction in off-the-pavement applications when needed.”