Trials carried out by the DEKRA Automobile Test Centre in Germany have shown Michelin summer car tyres last an average of nearly 5,000 miles longer than the average mileage for a group of well-known competitor brands.
The data was collected over a two year period*, from trials involving Michelin Energy Saver+, CrossClimate, Latitude Sport 3, Pilot Sport 4 and Primacy 3 tyres versus comparable fitments from five manufacturers in each product group.
Other brands tested included Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Hankook, Nokian, Pirelli and Vredestein.
The DEKRA results demonstrated that a set of Michelin tyres travelled an average of 4,977 miles further before needing to be replaced – the equivalent of 5.7 trips from London to John O’Groats.
Andy Fern, head of fleet for Michelin, said: “This performance advantage is equivalent to more than three months** of additional motoring for a company vehicle before needing to change tyres. That represents a very real saving in expenditure and downtime.
“It is further evidence of why Michelin tyres remain such a popular choice for fleets and leasing companies.
"Downtime has always been a key consideration for fleets, and for leasing companies a 5,000-mile advantage per set of tyres can have a noticeable impact on the total number of tyres fitted over the life of the contract.
"There’s also a sound environmental argument for fitting the brand of tyre which will last the longest.”
Michelin invests more than £600 million in research and development every year.
* Test results conducted by DEKRA Test Centre at the request of Michelin, in 2014 or 2015 depending on the ranges, gap between average miles for Michelin ranges (Michelin Energy Saver +, Michelin Pilot Sport 4, Michelin Primacy 3, Michelin Pilot Super Sport, Michelin CrossClimate, Michelin Latitude Sport 3) and average miles for competitors' tyres: Bridgestone (Ecopia EP150, Potenza S001, Turanza T001, Dueler H/P Sport), Continental (ContiEcoContact 5, ContiSportContact 5, ContiPremiumContact 5, ContiSportContact 5P AO, ContiSportContact 5 SUV), Dunlop (Sport BluResponse, Sport Maxx RT, SP QuattroMaxx), Goodyear (EfficientGrip Performance, Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, Vector 4Seasons Gen-2, Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV), Pirelli (Cinturato P1 Verde Ecoimpact, P Zero, Cinturato P7 Ecoimpact, P Zero Silver, Cinturato All Season, P Zero Rosso), Hankook (Kinergy 4S, Ventus S1 Evo2 SUV), Vredestein (Quatrac 5), Nokian (Weatherproof), rounded to the nearest 100 miles. Actual calculated average = 4,977 miles.
** Department for Transport – Annual National Travel Survey – England 2014 – states the average mileage for a company car in England is 18,600 miles per annum.