Michelin is celebrating its win of the best new product prize at the Fleet News Awards, for its CrossClimate tyre range for cars and small vans.
CrossClimate tyres address a need among fleets and drivers to feel safer when faced with unstable, unpredictable weather.
Andy Fern, Michelin’s head of fleet (pictured with ACFO director Debbie Floyde), said: “CrossClimate tyres offer a unique solution to the problem of maintaining fleet safety and mobility when faced with Britain’s unpredictable weather. They achieve this without the compromises imposed by so-called ‘all-season’ tyres, the need to change tyres twice a year or driving on winter tyres in summer.
“Seeing this recognised by Fleet News reinforces how highly these new tyres are regarded. It’s also testament to Michelin’s annual investment of more than €640 million on R&D and an intensive three year development cycle which made the launch at last year’s Geneva Motor Show possible.”
The all-season tyre helps to reduce the number of wheel interventions, cut fitting costs, improve uptime and negate expenditure on ‘tyre hotels’ for out-of-season storage.
Major fleets including British Gas and business class car service Addison Lee have been amongst the early CrossClimate adopters.
Michelin was one of seven companies shortlisted for the Best New Product 2016 Award, which also included CAP HPI, CheckedSafe, Fleetdrive, R2c Online, RAC Business and TomTom Telematics.