Michelin's show-stopper to grip truck fleets
Commercial Vehicle Show (April 12 – 14, 2011) – Hall 5, Stand E50
(Stoke-on-Trent – April 12, 2011) – Michelin is planning to stop fleet managers in their tracks at the NEC this week, as its XDW Ice Grip tyre makes its CV Show debut.
The 295/80 R 22.5 XDW Ice Grip heads a family of specialist truck tyres offered by Michelin for use in challenging winter conditions. Managers at the Stoke-on-Trent-based manufacturer are bringing it to a UK trade show for the first time following successive bad winters which have seen thousands of trucks grind to a halt nationwide – costing the road transport industry millions of pounds in lost revenue.
Martin Covington, Head of Truck and Earthmover Marketing at Michelin, explains: “The effects of climate change mean UK operators are calling for greater mobility during the winter months, so we expect the XDW Ice Grip to be a real talking point at the Show. It will allow visitors to see up-close the differences between normal truck tyres and dedicated winter fitments.”
The XDW Ice Grip is popular on trucks in the Nordic markets and parts of mainland Europe. It leads Michelin’s snow and ice range and offers excellent traction and braking on low grip surfaces thanks to a deep tread pattern featuring numerous lateral grooves, patented sipes and a special rubber compound for driving in very low temperatures.
Michelin also offers the XDN2 Grip for fleets preferring a high-grip drive axle fitment which can be used year-round. The XDN2 Grip is currently the most popular new Michelin drive-axle fitment on the UK replacement market.
UK tyre launch
Joining the Michelin line-up at the NEC are two new tyres being exhibited at the CV Show for the first time. Built with Michelin Durable Technologies, the 315/80 R 22.5 X Energy SaverGreen XZ and X Energy SaverGreen XD represent new sizes in their respective ranges and stand out for being amongst the most advanced truck tyres on the market.
The 315/80 R 22.5 X Energy SaverGreen XZ and XD tyres, for steer and drive axles respectively, are a particularly timely offering, given that fuel prices have reached an all-time high: tests show a 1.7 litre fuel saving per 100 km compared with the average of their principle competitors.
Also exhibited will be the versatile X MultiWay XD drive-axle tyre which features a new, durable rubber compound and a tread pattern that reduces stone retention. Patented Double-Wave and Raindrop sipes give up to 19 per cent more grip when the tyres are two-thirds worn, and a deeper, wider tread band increases mileage potential by up to 30 per cent compared with the existing XDE 2+ range.
These tyres are joined by the innovative X One MaxiTrailer and an example of the popular XDE 2 Remix.
Michelin is also exhibiting examples of the proven Agilis and Agilis Alpin van fitments, for summer and winter use respectively. The Agilis Alpin proved particularly popular during winter 2010/2011, being fitted to many blue-light vehicles operated by NHS Ambulance Trusts nationwide.