Testing on Michelin car tyres have shown longer life and reduced fuel consumption compared to their main European competitors, whilst maintaining high levels of safety on wet roads.
Two independent testing organisations, DEKRA and TÜV SÜD, conducted tests on Michelin’s 175/65 R 14T Energy Saver and 225/40 R 18Y Pilot Sport 3 car tyres and in each of these categories the Michelin tyres were up against their main European competitors from Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear and Pirelli.
The results show that in each tyre category, Michelin came out on top by offering the best performance in terms of tyre life, rolling resistance and wet braking. As an example, compared to the average of the competitors’ results, the Michelin Energy Saver tyres offered around 19% longer tyre life, 17% better rolling resistance and a 7% improvement in wet braking performance.
All tyres were bought from European tyre dealers to ensure they were exactly the same specification as those available to consumers on the replacement market.
The tyre life tests were carried out over 7,000 to 10,000 kms using two fleets of identical cars: Peugeot 206 plus for the 175/65 R 14s and VW Golf V for the 225/40 R 18s. Drivers were also switched between cars to ensure outside influences were reduced to the absolute minimum.
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