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8. Bridgestone to be Aston Martin project partner 9. Yokohama Introduces new highperformance sport tyre
Amongst other products, Hankook exhibited a new concept tyre on the new Opel GT Concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show, Page 15.
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all-terrain tyre for SUVs 13. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle sales to exceed 17 million by 2020 as ‘range anxiety’ lessens 14. Bridgestone unleashes Total Tyre Management 15. Hankook design tyres on visionary Opel GT Concept
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16. Yokohama to come factory-equipped on new Prius
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17. Bridgestone recognised by General
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20. Pirelli makes its mark at Geneva 21. Goodyear reveals concept tyres for autonomous cars
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Goodyear revealed two innovative, and very sci-fi, new concept tyres at the Geneva Motor Show, with both futuristic designs aimed at an autonomous vehicle future, Page 21.
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ello and welcome to Australian Tyre Dealer. International tyre company Zenises enters the Australian market in 2016, bringing along its Z range of tyres. Zenises says it has ambitious plans to develop its Z brand. Now counting over 70 individual dimensions in high performance passenger and SUV fitments (including 17 new sizes in run-flat technology), the company says the Z tyre offers the latest UHP tyre dimensions with superb quality and at a price to suit all drivers. Z tyres have already been tested against leading competitors at European proving grounds with results that lead the company to be fully confident in the tyres performance capabilities. In other news, Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) continues to attract major tyre industry heavyweights to join its push to tackle the challenge presented by the 51 million end-of-life tyres generated each year. Bob Jane T-Marts and Kumho Tyre have joined the TSA Product Stewardship Scheme. Bob Jane T-Marts, with 136 stores around the country, joins Tyrepower, Beaurepaires, Bridgestone Service Centres and Bridgestone Select stores, K Mart Tyre & Auto Service, Goodyear Auto Centres, Tyres & More, TyrePlus and Continental retail outlets in achieving TSA Accreditation. Kumho Tyre, one of the world’s leading tyre brands, has also joined TSA, joining fellow global brands Continental, Bridgestone, Goodyear Dunlop, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama. Industry members combine their efforts to deliver, through TSA, an accreditation scheme, consumer and industry education, and funding for research and development into future commercial uses for recycled tyres. In other industry news, Yokohama announced a number
of product launches and OE fitment agreements, including the launch of the Advan Fleva V701 - the latest addition to the company’s global flagship Advan tyre brand; the GeolandarA/T G015 for SUV's; and the Advan A052 - a street-legal sport tyre developed for use in circuit and gymkhana events. Meanwhile, the company's BluEarth E70 tyres will be fitted to new Toyota Prius models sold in Japan, Oceania and Europe, while the BluEarth S34 tyre will be used on models sold in North America. The Geneva Motor Show, one of the most prestigious of the big auto shows held every year, is not just an event for the automakers to show off their latest and greatest models - tyre manufacturers also use the 10-day event to showcase their new or concept tyres. Amongst the amazing supercars at this year's show (some of which we take a look at on pages 18-19) there was some equally amazing rubber. Not least of these were two futuristic concepts from Goodyear aimed at an autonomous vehicle future the Goodyear IntelliGrip concept tyre and the spherical-shaped, Eagle-360 concept tyre. Both are truly astounding designs (check them out on pages 20-21). Also in this edition, we have product news, news briefs from around the globe and, of course, we check out some of the latest news from the world of motorsports. I hope you enjoy this editioin of Australian Tyre Dealer. Feel free to drop me a line if you have some news you would like to share with the industry. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Survey highlights motorists lack of tyre safety knowledge A new survey from consumer research and ratings company Canstar Blue has unveiled some worrying information concerning Australian motorists’ lack of tyre safety awareness. Of 1,587 motorists questioned, 42% were unaware of the legal tread depth of car tyres, while 29% admitted to driving on tyres they suspected were unroadworthy. And the results were even more alarming for young drivers, with 58% of 18-29 year-olds in the dark over legal standards and 39% confessing to taking risks on old tyres. “It’s terrifying to think that so many motorists are driving around on potentially dangerous tyres,” said Megan Doyle, Head of Canstar Blue. “Driving on worn, or bald, tyres can be incredibly dangerous – for you and other road-users. Not only will you have less control of your vehicle, especially in wet conditions, but you’re also at greater risk of suffering a puncture. “Motorists should regularly check their tyres, and if the tread has been worn down to the tyre wear indicators, or there is less than 1.5 milimeters of tread across the entire face of the tyre, then it is illegal and dangerous, and should be replaced as soon as possible. “Unfortunately though, buying new tyres is not high on the priority list for some motorists, which is incredible when you consider your tyres are the only thing separating you and your vehicle from the road. Tyres are not one of those things you should skimp on, but clearly that is the case for some people.” The survey, conducted in December 2015, found that 48%
of motorists delay buying new tyres for as long as possible, while 25% tend to buy the cheapest tyres available. Drivers aged 18-29 were found to be most likely, with 56% holding off buying new tyres and 38% opting for the cheapest tyres. 67% of female drivers aged 18-29 were unaware of the legal tread depth, while males in their 30s (45%) were most likely to admit driving on potentially unsafe tyres. Mrs Doyle said that investing in a decent set of tyres was a price worth paying. “Quality tyres don’t come cheap, but will probably end up lasting longer than cheap ones, and could therefore work out at better value in the long-run. Your first and last thoughts when buying tyres should always be about safety. There are lots of different car tyres available, so it can be easy to take your eye off the ball. Seek expert opinion and just buy the tyres that are the safest option for your vehicle. “These results should be a
wakeup call to those motorists who put thoughts of their car tyres to the back of their mind,” added Mrs Doyle. “Yes, tyres can be expensive, but you can’t put a price on safety. Go and talk to the experts and don’t put yourself, and others, at unnecessary risk.” Respondents to the survey also rated the car tyres they most recently bought - rating them on factors including stopping ability, handling, tyre life and value for money. They also rated the retailer they bought the tyres from, taking into consideration factors such as customer service and the quality of tyres stocked. For the second year in a row, Michelin scored five stars across most variables, including overall customer satisfaction. Three tyre retailers earned the maximum overall rating – Bob Jane T-Marts, Bridgestone and Tyrepower – with the latter scoring five stars for the third year in a row. www.canstarblue.com.au 3
One year on - Zenises makes a difference... Zenises is celebrating its first year of rewarding, collaborative growth and contribution in global markets and is now heading “down under” with the establishment of an office in Sydney… WHO IS ZENISES? Zenises is a multinational customerfocused company headquartered in the United Kingdom, with a network of six further offices in the UAE, South Africa (Durban and Cape Town), Germany, Italy and Spain. As an international distribution and service company, Zenises has extensive experience and passion for the global tyre business. In fact, between them, the senior management team has almost 200 years of experience working with tyres! Mr. Harjeev Kandhari is the founder and CEO of Zenises. Having previously built up one of the most successful brand names in the premium economy tyre category, this third-generation tyre entrepreneur has now formed Zenises to establish distinctive new ways of supporting business in the tyre industry. Mr Kandhari puts forward the Zenises position and philosophy in this way: “We aim to be the leading international tyre distributor with a focus on technical advances, aesthetic design and customer contact – a balance of precision, safety, service and style. Above all, our partners’ interests 4
come first. Without this approach then what’s the point of being in business? We feel times are changing and we want to be at the forefront working closely with our partners. “We believe that by assisting more people more often, they become more successful in their own businesses and thus our own success will naturally follow.” Zenises currently distributes a range of brands throughout various parts of Europe, including Westlake, Kapsen, Triangle, iLink, T, and of course, their Z Tyre.
AND WHAT ABOUT Z TYRE? Since inception, one of the company’s prominent development objectives has been the introduction of the high performance Z Tyre, which aims to set a new standard for value and excellence. Zenises has ambitious plans to develop this unique and proprietary Z brand. Now counting over 70 individual dimensions in high performance passenger and SUV fitments (including 17 new sizes in run-flat technology), Z tyre aims to be a ‘fast market follower’ offering the latest UHP tyre dimensions with superb quality but at a price
to suit all drivers. The Z tyre slogan itself declares intent: “We believe that the luxury of a high performance tyre is not a question of price.” Z tyres have already been tested against leading competitors at European proving grounds with results that lead the company to be fully confident in the tyres performance capabilities.
LOOKING FORWARD TO A BRIGHT FUTURE What do the next few months and years hold for Zenises and the tyre industry? Zenises believe that whilst being potentially challenging (as is often the custom in our tyre industry), the future is bright when faced with a collaboratively-based mindset. This is why the needs of our partners always come first, because without this the chances of a business succeeding are diminished. Ultimately, a life of giving service is, in essence, the most fulfilling and rewarding way forward. To learn more about Zenises and Z Tyre please go to www.zenises.com and www.ztyre.com respectively. For Australia and New Zealand sales and distribution enquiries please contact Neil Payda on +61 (0) 451 636 999 or email@example.com
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Bob Jane T-Marts and Kumho Tyre join Tyre Stewardship Australia
wo of the biggest names in the tyre industry have joined Tyre Stewardship Australia and become part of a cooperative industry response to the challenge presented by the 51 million endof-life tyres generated each year. Bob Jane T-Marts and Kumho Tyre have joined the TSA Product Stewardship Scheme to contribute to the effort of turning an environmental challenge into an opportunity. Bob Jane T-Marts, with 136 stores around the country and 45 years of experience in supporting Australian motorists, joins Tyrepower, Beaurepaires, Bridgestone Service Centres and Bridgestone Select stores, K Mart Tyre & Auto Service, Goodyear Auto Centres, Tyres & More, TyrePlus and Continental retail outlets in achieving TSA Accreditation. “It is very satisfying that, from a standing start only two years ago, TSA can now claim that a majority of tyre retail outlets have joined our Product Stewardship Scheme,” said Gerry Morvell, the outgoing Chairman of the TSA. “We are always pleased when a major retail chain decides to participate and, of course, it is particularly gratifying when such a well-known Australian 6
“It is very satisfying that, from a standing start only two years ago, TSA can now claim that a majority of tyre retail outlets have joined our Product Stewardship Scheme.” brand name becomes accredited.” Bob Jane T-Marts CEO, Rodney Jane, expressed his satisfaction at having become a TSA accredited member: “We want to see the responsible disposal of tyres which have reached the end of their life on the road; as well as the recycling of these valuable resources into a new life,” he said. Kumho Tyre, one of the world’s leading tyre brands, has also joined TSA, furthering the Association’s reach with the industry and joining fellow global brands Continental, Bridgestone, Goodyear Dunlop,
Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama. “Kumho joins at a very exciting time for TSA. We are making significant progress on all three of our key objectives, being to institute an accredited Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme, undertake industry and consumer education and help fund R&D into opportunities to turn an environmental management task into new industries and jobs,” said Matt Genever, TSA CEO. “Kumho is a very welcome addition to our comprehensive line-up of leadings brands and now, with our reach into the tyre retail sector, consumers can be assured that there will be a TSA-accredited tyre store, offering a TSA member tyre brand, near them.” “We at Kumho Tyre have been a global leader in working to realise sustainable development within the tyre industry and also in fulfilling our social responsibilities,” said Mr Harry Cho, Kumho Tyre Australia Managing Director. “We are therefore very pleased to join in with the great work of TSA to address environmental issues within the local industry and thereby making a significant contribution to society.” Tyre Stewardship Australia is a Federal and State Government supported industry cooperative initiative to address the challenge of end-of-life tyres. Industry members combine their efforts to deliver, through TSA, an accreditation scheme, consumer and industry education, and funding for research and development into future commercial uses for recycled tyres. Launched in 2014, the TSA has grown rapidly and now includes most of the major players in the tyre importing and retail industry. In addition to importers, retailers and collectors/ recyclers, TSA has also begun to accredit large fleets, including Australia Post and the Department of Defence. Such fleets are committed to doing business with TSA accredited suppliers. More than 1,000 tyre retail outlets are TSA Accredited, as are end-oflife tyre collectors and recyclers representing over 70% of the market. TSA also has recently allocated over $1.5 million in research and development funds for projects to increase the use of tyre-derived material.
THIS IS WHAT 50 MILLION TYRES LOOK LIKE. THATâ€™S HOW MANY ARE DISCARDED IN AUSTRALIA EACH YEAR.*
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Volume based on Equivalent Passenger Units (EPUs). An EPU is standard passenger car tyre. Full EPU Ratio Tables available at www.tyrestewardship.org.au
Bridgestone to be Aston Martin project partner B ridgestone has been selected by Aston Martin as an official project partner for the new DB11 model to be launched later in 2016. This program will see Bridgestone support Aston Martin with a series of technical developments, durability testing and global media launches. “Bridgestone is rightfully proud to continue its long-standing partnership with Aston Martin and be nominated as a sole supplier for this premium development project for the exciting new DB11,” said Christophe De Valroger, Vice-President Original Equipment, Bridgestone Europe. “Working with one of the world’s top luxury sports car icons is not only a privilege for our engineers – it is a great opportunity to raise the bar in terms of tyre design, efficiencies and performance.” Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the DB11 showcases a fresh and distinctive design language, pioneering aerodynamics and is
powered by a potent new in-house designed 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine that can push the sleek new machine from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 320km/h. Built upon a new lighter, stronger, and more space-efficient bonded aluminium structure, the DB11 is the most powerful and most
efficient DB model in Aston Martin’s history. Bridgestone has worked closely with Aston Martin on tyre development for many years, including projects such as the DB9, V8 Vantage S and Rapide. The new DB11 will be fitted with the next evolution of Bridgestone’s flagship UHP sports tyre, Potenza S007.
Federal Environment Minister congratulates TSA
ederal Environment Minister, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, was on hand in his home electorate of Flinders, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, as part of the launch of a national cooperative research project targeting greater use of rubberised road products, including asphalt and spray seal. As part of an allocation of over $1.5 million in research and development funds, Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is partnering with the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), Sustainability Victoria, VicRoads, and the Queensland Departments of Transport & Main Roads and Environment & Heritage Protection, to research particular market barriers and to find ways to increased use of tyrederived products in the construction 8
and maintenance of Australian Roads. Although rubberised asphalt and spray seal have both been in use in Australia for some time, the scope to increase use nationally offers a major opportunity to utilise recycled rubber. By co-funding the two projects, with Sustainability Victoria and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, TSA is playing a vital role in assisting the development of an Australia-wide market for tyre-derived products. According to Minister Hunt: “With Australia generating more than51 million end-of-life tyres per year the potential to turn an environmental challenge into an opportunity to improve roads is dramatic. “Turning waste into new industries and jobs is exactly why
the Federal Government supported the formation of Tyre Stewardship Australia. With the cooperative participation of the majority of tyre industry stakeholders, the organisation has made very impressive progress since I had the pleasure to launch it just over two years ago. “To actually see the end use of recycled tyres on improved road surfaces, here in my own electorate, is particularly gratifying. “I’m sure the research being conducted into ways to maximise the use of such recycled material will result in many more road applications across the nation. TSA and all the partners are to be congratulated on their ongoing efforts to deliver the sustainable and value-generating management of our end-of-life tyres.”
Goodyear recognised by Fortune as World’s most admired tyre maker
oodyear, for the fourth year in a row, has been recognised as the world’s most admired tyre maker by Fortune magazine. Among companies in Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies’ Motor Vehicle Parts category, Goodyear was also the No. 1 ranked U.S.-based company and ranked No. 3 overall. In the Motor Vehicle Parts category, Goodyear was ranked No. 3 in five of the nine key attributes measured, and No. 4 in three others. Started in 1983, the Fortune Most Admired list uses a rigorous assessment by nearly 4,000 executives, board directors and securities analysts to determine a company’s overall reputation by evaluating innovation, people management, use of assets, social responsibility, management quality, financial soundness, long-term investment, product/service quality and global competitiveness. Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tyre companies. It employs about 66,000 people and manufactures its products in 49 facilities in 22 countries around the world.
Yokohama introduces new high-performance sport tyre T
he Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., has announced the launch of the Advan Fleva V701, the latest addition to the company’s global flagship Advan tyre brand. The new tyre will be available from July 2016 in 24 sizes, with 43 sizes ranging from 195/55R15 85V to 255/30R20 92W available in early 2017. The Advan Fleva V701 tyre reinforces the company’s premium product line with a new concept focused on increasing drivers’ control of the car. The company says the new tyre delivers sporty handling on city streets, highways and winding roads, and safety performance with superior wet grip up to EU grade A. The tyre delivers a supremely quiet ride that sets a new standard for sport tyres, with an exclusively developed directional tread pattern design. Yokohama also says the Advan Fleva V701 has a low rolling resistance that makes it more environmentally friendly than current sport tyres. Advan is the company’s global flagship brand, and includes the Advan Sport V105, which has been adopted as original equipment on many leading high-performance cars; the Advan Neova AD08R street sports tyre; and the Advan dB premium comfort tyre. Advan tyres are widely used in motor sports and this year have been adopted as the control tyres for the Japanese Super Formula Championship series, Asia’s ultimate Formula racing series.
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Nexen Tire ranks fourth in the Passenger Car Segment of the J.D. Power OE Tyre Customer Satisfaction Study • Nexen Tire ranked 4th out of 12 tyre brands in the Passenger Car segment • The study results showcase Nexen Tire’s remarkable growth
exen Tire, a leading global tyre manufacturer, announced that the company has ranked 4th out of 12 tyre brands in the Passenger Car segment of the 2016 J.D. Power Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study, marking a considerable improvement in customer satisfaction from last year. “This study’s results showcase the remarkable growth of Nexen Tire, proving that the company’s products achieve customer satisfaction,” said Nexen Tire. “Through continuous investments in R&D, Nexen Tire
“This study’s results showcase the remarkable growth of Nexen Tire, proving that the company’s products achieve customer satisfaction.” will continue to improve product quality and technology in order to increase global customer satisfaction and become a top global player amongst tyre manufacturers.” J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company, which is especially well known for its customer satisfaction research on new-car quality. The 2016 U.S. Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 31,977 original owners of 2014 or 2015 model-year vehicles from October through December 10
Nexen's new Plant in Zatec, Czech Republic
Sponsorship with MCFC - Ferran Soriano, Manchester City FC CEO, and Ho-Chan Kang, President of Nexen Tire
Nexen Tire launches its first European TV commercial
2015. The major factors in regards to this study consist of tyre ride, tyre traction and handling, tyre wear, and tyre appearance. Among these, tyre wear is what customers consider to be the most important out of all the tyre satisfaction factors. For more information about the study, visit http://bit.ly/1qgheKS Meanwhile, Nexen Tire currently owns four cutting-edge research facilities in Korea, China, the United States, and Europe and three manufacturing facilities; two in Korea and another one in Qingdao, China. In October 2015, the company started construction of a new tyre manufacturing plant in Zatec, Czech Republic, which will feature the most advanced automation systems along with environmentally friendly technologies. Commercial operation is planned to commence in 2018. For more information, please visit www.nexentire.com
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Yokohama Rubber to introduce new all-terrain tyre for SUVs T
The tyre’s LT size for use in the harshest off-road conditions achieves superior cut and chip resistance. The Geolandar A/T G015 will be available in a wide range of sizes that will fit various SUVs. The company says the Geolandar A/T G015 delivers outstanding traction in any condition, both on road and off and is built to last, providing some of the best mileage in the industry.
he Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., has announced it will launch sales of a new addition to its series of Geolandar brand tyres for SUVs. The new Geolandar A/T G015 will be available in sizes ranging from 15 inches to 20 inches from July 2016. The company says the Geolandar A/T G015 was developed to support the active vehicle lifestyle of drivers by delivering superior performance on any road surface under any weather condition. The use of an optimised tread pattern and new compound increases the tyre’s wear performance and traction performance on wet and snow-covered roads. It is compliant with the ECE Regulation No.117 Revision 2 (R117-02) and at the same time succeeds in attaining the three-peaks snowflake symbol.
Other benefits include: • All-season traction: Yokohama’s exclusive orange oil compound and advanced tread design combine to provide superior handling and road grip. • Updated size line-up covering 96% of the market for todays pick-ups and SUVs.
Kumho wins Red Dot Design award for fifth year running
or the fifth year in succession Kumho has been honoured with a prestigious Red Dot Design Award. Kumho’s winning entries within the product design category were the K-Silent Tyre and Road Venture MT51. Held in Germany since 1955, the Red Dot Design Award pays tribute to winners in three categories - product, communication and concept. The advanced technology of the K-Silent Tyre - introduced in certain global markets in June 2015 - reduces the noise of air vibration in a tyre. Known as resonance
noise, it is caused by friction between the tyre and the ground. The mud terrain Road Venture MT51 is intended for both on- and off-road use and underwent testing on all manner of surfaces in the
Australian outback. The zigzag tread blocks have been designed to cope with rocky roads and help prevent stones and mud from becoming stuck in the grooves. “The Red Dot Award ceremony is one of the world’s largest gatherings for those involved in industrial design. The receipt of the Award for a fifth consecutive year is welcome independent recognition of the competitiveness of our designs,” said Jeong Taek-Gyun, Senior Managing Director of Kumho’s R&D headquarters. “We will continue to build on our capabilities in design and all other areas of tyre technology in order to further enhance our brand image.”
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle sales to exceed 17 million by 2020 as ‘range anxiety’ lessens A new study forecasts that nearly 17 million hybrid and electric vehicles will be on the road by 2020, up from an estimated 12 million last year. UK firm Juniper Research, who carried out the study, believes that stakeholders primarily need to establish the viability and desirability of electric vehicles with consumers, and adopt an aggressive ‘go to market’ strategy that includes: 1. The rolling out of a wide-scale public charging infrastructure – that is seen as both ongoing and committed. 2. Improving vehicle battery life and range per charge. 3. Conducting effective consumer education campaigns, with attractive incentives to change. The new research, ‘Hybrid and Electric Vehicles: Consumer and Commercial Markets’, found that electric car manufacturers are prioritising ‘range’ as the key issue. OEMs, such as Tesla and
Juniper Research ranked the top 5 electric vehicle manufacturers, scoring them on five key factors: Vehicle range (EPA rated mileage (Environmental Protection Agency)); Vehicle sales; Infrastructure implementation; Time spent in development and deployment; Future plans and innovation. The top ranked manufacturers were: 1. Tesla 2. BMW 3. Nissan 4. Chevrolet 5. Ford Tesla, an OEM solely manufacturing electric vehicles, scored highly with strong
sales, superior mileage range and firm commitment to their Tesla Supercharge scheme. While BMW and Nissan have witnessed high sales, their electric vehicle capabilities lag behind Tesla. Additionally, the research highlighted the urgent need to invest in consumer education focusing on the capabilities and benefits of electric vehicles, as well the need for an aggressive investment plan to install public charging outlets on all major routes. It recommended that OEMs take an active role in this education process, investing in campaigns to communicate the capabilities and benefits of electric vehicles in order for them to be viewed as a real alternative to combustion engines.
Chevrolet understand that ‘range anxiety’ is the greatest hindrance to the adoption of electric vehicles. In order to meet the expectations of the combustion engine
vehicle market, Tesla and Chevrolet have focused their efforts towards ensuring that their models’ mileage range can exceed 320kms on a fully-charged vehicle.
WHO LEADS THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE MARKET?
Hankook showcases new all-season tyre at the Commercial Vehicle Show
ankook Tyre UK will be presenting their expanding portfolio of commercial vehicle tyres at the UK’s Commercial Vehicle Show at the end of April. Hankook’s stand will feature a launch of the company’s new all-season SmartFlex AH35, displayed in size 215/75R17.5, with other sizes also being readily available on the market. Alongside the new addition to the SmartFlex range, the existing AH31 and DH31 products were recently selected as Original Equipment for MAN and Mercedes-Benz Truck vehicles in the three sizes 315/80R22.5, 315/70R22.5 and 295/80R22. In addition, Hankook will be displaying the SmartWork AM09 for
steering axles and the SmartWork DM09 for drive axles that provides an all-round solution for off and on-road driving. The AU03+ bus tyre will be introduced with an enhanced load index of 150/145J following the market trend and customers’ demand of using
bus tyres with increased load index. The company says this tyre offers qualities such as a higher shoulder rigidity and sturdy sidewalls which are particularly important for urban transport. To meet fleet operators' growing demands for reduced running costs, Hankook will be showing their retreading tyre range, the alphatread line-up, on their stand. The medium haul tyre range on display includes the Hankook alphatread R-DH05 in size 315/70R22.5 for drive axles alongside the alphatread R-TH22 in size 385/65R22.5 for trailer tyres.
Bridgestone unleashes Total Tyre Management B
ridgestone has launched its fleet logistics Total Tyre Management program. The program brings together Bridgestone’s comprehensive support offering to the heavy vehicle market, including: • The coverage provided by 280 service vehicles, all of which are equipped to support a wide range of on-site services including pressure checks, tread-depth readings and rotations; • A Bridgestone and affiliated dealer network in excess of 1,000 stores across Australia; • A team of qualified experts, including comprehensively trained tyre fitters and 13 technical engineers, ensuring access to the right level of support whenever it’s needed; • Bridgestone’s ETA (Emergency Tyre Assistance) service providing 24/7 emergency support through a 1300 number; • A central invoicing system, providing one easily manageable statement; • Online access to vehicle fleet
Andrew Moffatt, Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director
data and reports via B-Fleet, which provides insights into monthly tyre usage and centsper-kilometre, individual vehicle cost analysis and more; and • A clear commitment to the environment, which in turn strengthens the environmental credibility of Bridgestone customers. “We have a long and proud history of supporting Australian fleets and our Total Tyre Management program is testament to that,” said Andrew Moffatt, Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director.
“We believe we have the most complete offering to support fleets in running their businesses efficiently and profitably through technology – such as our B-fleet management software – and our physical presence, epitomised by the market-leading intelligence of our support staff and dealer network.” While Total Tyre Management is committed to supporting fleets in the efficient use of tyres, Mr Moffatt said Bridgestone’s advantage extended across each part of the process. “No other tyre brand can match Bridgestone’s global strength, our research and development and our specific in-country testing to ensure the products that we offer to the Australian market are ideally suited to our unique conditions,” he said. Mr Moffatt said Bridgestone’s Total Tyre Management program would continue to evolve. “We are always looking for ways to improve, not only in our product offering but also our service. Identifying areas in which improvements can be made not only increases our level of service to our customers but is reflected in the efficiency of their business. When they win, we win – and that’s our goal.” For more information about Bridgestone’s Total Tyre Management program, please visit bridgestonetyres. com.au/total-tyre-management
Goodyear founding partner of new Automotive Campus in Luxembourg
oodyear, together with the Luxembourg government and Luxembourg-based sensing specialist IEE have announced plans to develop a new Automotive Campus, dedicated to innovation. The Luxembourg Automotive Campus will be a unique research and development area, providing state of the art facilities to companies involved in technological innovation for the automotive sector. “The creation of the Automotive Campus will foster business growth opportunities within the European automotive sector for Goodyear, its campus partners and Luxembourg. As a founding partner and one of the first to locate a new facility at the Campus, Goodyear looks forward to collaborating with other progressive 14
companies on the design, testing and incubation of new concepts,” said Jean-Claude Kihn, President Goodyear Europe, Middle-East and Africa. “Innovation Excellence is a core element of Goodyear’s strategy,” he added. “The company has been practicing a philosophy of open innovation around the globe for many years. Now we will expand it further
by joining the Automotive Campus. In this way, Goodyear continues to play an active role in the development of Luxembourg’s future economy.” Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg’s Minister of the Economy commented, “The Luxembourg Automotive Campus will provide equipment and service professionals from the automotive sector with new tools and infrastructure that will allow them to remain dynamic – and therefore innovative and competitive – in a market in constant evolution. With the ability to ultimately accommodate 4000 people, the campus will be the future shop-front of the sector and will make Luxembourg, more than ever, a destination of choice for automotive suppliers.”
Yokohama to launch ultimate street sport tyre
okohama is to begin marketing a new street-legal sport tyre developed for use in circuit and gymkhana events - the Advan A052. To come in 16 sizes, ranging from 16 to 18 inches, the Advan A052 will be the successor to the Advan A048. Yokohama says the new tyre improves upon the Advan A048’s already superior cornering and stable handling to deliver ‘unprecedented grip performance in wet and dry conditions’. The tread design is developed from the tarmac rally tyre Advan A051T, which has been used at many rallies in Europe, as well as the Yokohama A008. It also meets the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s global standard for rolling sound emissions, ECE Regulation No.117 Revision 2 (R117-02).
Hankook design tyres on visionary Opel GT Concept A mongst other products, Hankook exhibited a new concept tyre on the Opel GT Concept vehicle at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Despite its prototype status, the specially solid-coloured tyres - red on the front axle and black on the rear, can be driven at speeds of up to 100 km/h. When producing the concept tyres, Hankook engineers faced challenges of preparing the sidewall and tread pattern alongside the creation of rubber colour samples according to Opel specifications. The red front tyres are an essential visual component of the study, forming the beginning of the striking red ‘signature line’ which highlights the contour of the GT Concept. The prominent colouring is made possible by a special tread and side wall compound which contains alternative filler materials on a white colour basis rather than carbon black. Hankook says the design and structure of the concept tyres are similar to regular road tyres despite the red and black colour differences, and sizing of the concept tyres correspond approximately to the conventional tyre size 225/40R18. The processes of production are similar to the manufacturing steps for regular road tyres using the rapid prototyping method and subsequent construction of a mould, with suitable red and black rim inserts also produced
from the same material as the tread compound. Hankook Vice President Klaus Krause, Head of the Company’s European Technical Centre in Hanover, Germany, which played a crucial role in turning the specifications into real tyres, said that coloured tyres do not have to remain an element of fun for exhibition cars. “Visual aspects can favour coloured tyres. They would provide car drivers with further customisation options for their vehicles, and the beautiful Opel GT Concept will certainly provide drivers with an insight to what the future can hold.”
Yokohama to come factoryequipped on new Prius Y
okohama tyres have been selected by Toyota as original equipment for the new model of the automaker’s popular hybrid vehicle Prius. In Japan, Oceania and Europe, the Prius will now be equipped with BluEarth E70 tyres, while Prius models sold in North America will roll off factory lines on BluEarth S34 tyres. In other countries, the ASPEC A349 tyre will be used. The OEM tyre sizes are 215/45R17 87W for the BluEarth E70 tyres, P215/45R17 87V on BluEarth S34 tyres, and 195/65R15 91H for the ASPEC A349 tyres. The new Prius was launched in Japan on December 9, 2015, and is subsequently scheduled for successive
launches in other countries. The BluEarth E70 and BluEarth S34 feature the basic design and materials technology of Yokohama’s global BluEarth tyre brand, developed
with the underlying concept of “environmentally, human and socially friendly”. As such, Yokohama says the tyres provide increased safety and comfort while contributing to higher fuel efficiency. The BluEarth lineup includes tyres suitable for various markets, with the BluEarth E70 targeted for use as a summer tyre on passenger vehicles and the BluEarth S34 an all-season model. ASPEC A349 is a summer tyre on passenger vehicles, which, the company says, provides superior drivability, safety and comfort. Yokohama Rubber is aggressively pursuing tyre development based on its advanced BluEarth tyre technology, and the resulting tyres are increasingly being adopted as original equipment on many new model eco-cars and hybrid vehicles.
Falken partners with Qantas Wallabies
alken Tyres will be the Official Tyre Partner of the Qantas Wallabies. Falken will have signage rights at domestic Test match venues, starting with the three-Test series with England which kicks off at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 11 June. "We are thrilled to welcome Falken, a global high performance brand, as a valued partner of the ARU,” said Bill Pulver, ARU CEO. “It’s a very exciting period for the Qantas Wallabies, with the England Series, The Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Tests coming up on home soil this year. We are looking forward to working with Falken as they activate their partnership with us." ARU General Manager – Commercial, John Nicholl said: “It’s great to welcome an organisation like Falken into our partnerships
family. As they continue to strengthen their brand position in the Australian market, I am sure we will enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship.” “We’re delighted to partner with the Wallabies as they’re a team that embody the spirit of Australia,” said Director & Executive General Manager of Falken, Koji Aoyama. “The Wallabies have such an iconic brand and we’re honoured to be associated with them.” Managing Director of Falken, Kenichi Furuhama, added: “When you look at the Wallabies’ values
– passion, integrity, solidarity, respect and discipline – they share so much common ground with us. “Our goal is to be the most respected tyre brand in Australia, and with this partnership we hope to achieve this. Falken has been in Australia for decades as a major player in the tyre industry and we’re now transforming ourselves to be a truly global brand.” The sponsorship also extends to City Discount Tyres, which is operated by Sumitomo Rubber Australia – the parent company of Falken Tyres.
Canstar Blue awards Tyrepower ‘Most Satisfied Customers’ title
or the third consecutive year, Tyrepower has been awarded the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers title in the Tyre Retailers category. Tyrepower received five stars, the highest possible accolade, in four of the six Canstar Blue categories – Overall Satisfaction, Value for Money, Website Experience and Point of Sale Service. “We are extremely proud to have won the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers in the Tyre Retailers category for three years running,” said David Wilson, Tyrepower CEO. “Our Tyrepower owner operators are obviously making a difference, and this award is a credit to all of them and their hard work. “We are so thrilled to see our company’s goals of providing exceptional service and great products being reflected by this award. “What is pleasing to us as well is that we received five stars in the online environment, which we take as positive response to our new website which was launched a year ago.” In December 2015, Canstar Blue surveyed 3,000 adults with the customer ratings for tyre retailers based on the responses of 1,157 motorists who purchased new car tyres from a retailer in the last two years. Seven tyre retailers featured in the Canstar Blue results, with Tyrepower sharing the Most Satisfied Customers crown with Bob Jane T-Marts and Bridgestone. For information about Tyrepower’s range of high quality products or find a local Tyrepower store, visit www.tyrepower.com.au
Bridgestone recognised by General Motors as 2015 Supplier of the Year
Mike Martini, President, Original Equipment, US and Canada Consumer Tire Sales Division, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations; Gary Garfield, President and CEO, Bridgestone Americas; and John Behr, Senior Director, Original Equipment Account Management, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations accepting the award from General Motors.
ridgestone has been honoured by General Motors (GM) with a 2015 Supplier of the Year award. The company accepted the award at the 24th annual GM Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan in March. GM recognized 110 of its best suppliers from 17 countries who have consistently exceeded expectations, created outstanding value, or brought new innovations to the company. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognised since the inaugural Supplier of the Year event in 1992. This is the 14th time Bridgestone has received the award. “We are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new, customer-centric innovations to GM, and being the OEM of choice among suppliers,” said Steve Kiefer, GM Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply
Chain. “The companies we recognize tonight not only have brought innovation, they delivered it with the quality our customers deserve.” Andrew Moffatt, Managing Director of Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand, said Bridgestone was extremely proud of the strong partnership it had built with Holden. “Bridgestone Australia has been a major tyre supplier to Holden for many years now, so to be recognised with this award is a great honour,” he said. “It reflects our intent to supply our customers with quality products and service, and work hand in hand with them to find the best, most innovative solutions for their customers.” Winning suppliers were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing, and logistics executives and selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Indirect Purchasing, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics. 17
GENEVA MOTOR SHOW F
irst held in 1905, the Geneva International Motor Show has become one of the most important Motor Shows on the automotive industry calendar and is visited by more that 700,000 people over its 10-day run.
The March 2016 edition of the Show was as popular as ever as people swarmed the Geneva Palexpo Convention Centre to get a glimpse of some truly astounding cars. Here are just a few of the exotic models that were debuted at this year’s event.
LAMBORGHINI CENTENARIO LAMBORGHINI PRESENTED YET another limited edition supercar model, the Centenario, at the Show. Created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini, the amazing Centenario has a naturally-aspirated V12 developing 770hp and lots of cutting-edge features, including carbon-fibre construction, advanced aerodynamics and rear-wheel steering. Able to top out at over 350km/h and shift from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, the Centenario is as swift as it looks. Lamborghini is making just 20 coupe and 20 roadster versions of the car and though the price tag is $2.6million it is likely to sell like hot cakes.
DS E-TENSE CONCEPT
OPEL GT CONCEPT A TINY SPORTS car concept from GM’s European arm, behind the funky tyres and curious design features such as the apparently windowless doors, the GT Concept may well be a sign of where GM is heading with its designs and technology. Beneath the GT’s stretched bonnet is a powerful 1-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged engine. Developing 143hp and maximum torque of 205Nm, the engine delivers drive to the rear wheels and, weighing under 1000kg, the GT accelerates from 0-100km/h in less than eight seconds and on to a maximum speed of 134mph.
PEUGEOT/CITROEN’S DS brand unveiled a new supercar at the show, the E-Tense – an all-electric, 402hp beauty with, the company says, a mixed cycle range of 310km. Manufactured from carbon-fibre with a focus on aerodynamics, the E-Tense has its lithium-ion batteries situated under the chassis meaning a low centre of gravity which, the company says, allows the car to handle with ‘rigour and precision’. Capable of 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h the E-Tense likely is a hint of the design future of the DS brand.
FERRARI GTC4 LUSSO A FOUR-SEATER beauty from the geniuses at Ferrari, the GTC4Lusso sports the latest evolution of the naturally-aspirated Ferrari GT V12. In fact, the performance figures are those of a true thoroughbred sports car, with a maximum speed of 335 km/h and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds. Major improvements in vehicle dynamics, including in the four-wheel drive-fourwheel steering system, and a myriad of hi-tech information and entertainment features inside, make this one of the finest Ferraris yet.
BUGATTI CHIRON THE SUCCESSOR TO the awesome Veyron, the Bugatti Chiron is, as expected, a wonderful-looking machine. It looks fantastic and will be, the company says, ‘the most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car in the world’. However, most people aren’t interested in the level of trim, or the careful stitching on the upholstery. What they want to know is what engine lurks beneath the flowing exterior lines of the Chiron, how much thunder it produces and just how fast it can propel the big Bugatti down a race track. The answer? A thumpingly monstrous 8-litre, 16-cylinder engine producing 1500hp can launch the Chiron from 0-100km/h in 2.5seconds, on to a limited top speed of 420km/h (the true unlimited top speed is, as yet, to be discovered). Performance this good doesn’t come cheap, of course, and with only 500 units to be produced, the Chiron price tag is as scary as its performance – one will set you back an astronomical $3.5million.
MASERATI UNVEILED ITS first SUV at the Show. The company says the Levante's chassis is designed to combine outstanding performance both on and off-road and has a high level of content as standard, with all versions featuring sophisticated electronic suspension and 'Q4' intelligent all-wheel drive. The SUV is fitted with a 3-litre V6 Twin-Turbo petrol engine with either 350hp or 430hp, and a 3-litre V6 Turbo Diesel churning out 275hp. The interior has, apparently, been created with ‘the finest materials, from optional premium leather to Ermenegildo Zegna silk, made in Trivero by the Zegna wool mill with a patented process’. Luxury, it seems, comes as standard.
ASTON MARTIN DB11 ASTON MARTIN HAS produced some of the most beautiful cars ever made, and the DB11 is another winner to come from the company’s design studio. At its heart is a 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12. Designed in-house, the engine pumps out 600hp and 700Nm of torque, making the DB11 the most powerful production DB model ever, capable of reaching 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 320km/h. No news on whether James Bond might be driving the DB11 in his next cinematic outing, but if he does, it’s a perfect fit for the gentleman spy.
Pirelli makes its mark at Geneva P ZERO CORSA AND THE PAGANI HUAYRA BC The Pagani Huayra BC will run on P Zero Corsa in 255/30ZR20 and 355/25ZR21 sizes. The tyre has as aggressive-looking asymmetric tread pattern and, the company says, the geometry and structure of the bead has been designed to absorb the intense stress and flexing generated by a car that puts out more than 1000 horsepower.
MCLAREN 570S GT
P Zero Corsa and the Pagani Huayra BC
ome of the most exotic cars on display at the Geneva Show were equipped with Pirelli bespoke tyres. From the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso to Lamborghini Centenario, from the Pagani Huayra BC to the McLaren 570S GT as well as the Maserati Levante, Jaguar F-Pace and Audi R8 Spyder, the Italian manufacturer’s tyres were wellrepresented amongst luxury vehicles. It’s a result Pirelli puts down, in part, to a strategy of developing tyres that are tailor-made for each car. The company says the advanced performance and technical characteristics of today’s premium and prestige cars can no longer be sustained by identical tyres for every model and that using dedicated technologies in accordance with the needs that each manufacturer’s engineers identify at the design phase, means Pirelli is able to develop tyres that are tailor-made for each car. So, the tyres may still be called P Zero, Cinturato or Scorpion, but behind each name are many individual variants, specifically created for the cars that they are fitted to. An example of this work was the newest evolution of the Pirelli P Zero, debuted at Geneva and equipping some of the most powerful supercars at the Motor Show. 20
MASERATI LEVANTE Pirelli is the exclusive supplier for the Levante and has developed new P Zero compounds, profiles and structures for Maserati’s very first luxury crossover.
The new 570S GT will be equipped with P Zero and P Zero Corsa tyres in sizes of 225/35R19 for the front and 285/35R20 for the rear. The tyre features PNCS (Pirelli Noise Cancelling System), a new technology patented by Pirelli that reduces road noise from the grooves within the tyre using a polyurethane sponge within the tyre that absorbs vibrations.
FERRARI GTC4 LUSSO While asked to focus on comfort and performance by Ferrari engineers, Pirelli says it added an extra bonus by reducing the rolling resistance on the P Zero tyres for the GTC4 Lusso by a full 15 per cent – an objective achieved by controlling the deformation of the tyre at the moment when it makes contact with the road and by optimising the contact patch.
LAMBORGHINI CENTENARIO The firm’s most recent model is fitted with made-to-measure P Zero tyres designed to cope with an increase in power compared to the Huracan and Gallardo, providing superior handling and acceleration performance. Pirelli says its engineers concentrated on some key areas of development including the tread pattern design (improving the contact patch) and new hybrid reinforcement materials (which help the compound to warm up more effectively).
JAGUAR F-PACE Pirelli says that Jaguar had a number of priorities for the F-Pace tyres: high levels of comfort and low rolling resistance, with a sporty drive at the forefront as well. These demands were all satisfied, says Pirelli, by working on the individual tyre profiles and geometries for the F-Pace, and using latest-generation materials and compounds. Pirelli is the OE supplier for the 22-inch tyre size on the new Jaguar.
AUDI R8 SPYDER Audi’s convertible supercar will be fitted with bespoke P Zero tyres. Weighing in at 50 kilograms lighter than its coupe equivalent Pirelli says its engineers were asked to put its tyres on a diet as well. The new tyres are around 10% lighter than their predecessors.
Goodyear reveals concept tyres for autonomous cars G
oodyear revealed two innovative, and very sci-fi, new concept tyres at the Geneva Motor Show, with both futuristic designs aimed at an autonomous vehicle future. The company introduced the spherical Eagle-360, and the IntelliGrip, which features advanced sensor and treadwear technology. The company says that both tyres are designed with safety in mind and reflect Goodyear’s focus on anticipating the rapidly evolving needs of its customers.
“Goodyear’s concept tyres play a dual role in that future, both as creative platforms to push the boundaries of conventional thinking and test-beds for next-generation technologies.” “By steadily reducing the driver interaction and intervention in self-driving vehicles, tyres will play an even more important role as the primary link to the road,” said Joseph Zekoski, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer. “Goodyear’s concept tyres play a dual role in that future, both as creative platforms to push the boundaries of conventional thinking and test-beds for next-generation technologies.”
GOODYEAR INTELLIGRIP The Goodyear IntelliGrip concept tyre is designed to communicate with autonomous vehicle control
GOODYEAR EAGLE-360 The Goodyear Eagle-360 is a spherical-shaped design concept tyre that would provide self-driving cars maneuverability, connectivity and biomimicry to increase safety. • Maneuverability: The spherical-shaped tyre would allow the car to move in all
systems, sensing road surface and weather conditions for improved driving safety and performance. • Senses road conditions: Advanced sensor technology and specially designed tread allows the concept tyre to sense road conditions. • Active-wear technology: The IntelliGrip uses advanced active wear technology to assess the condition of the tyre and the vehicle. • Custom algorithms: Goodyeardeveloped algorithms account for variables such as inflation pressure and tyre temperature. • Adapting to road conditions: When
directions, contributing to safety for passengers, as well as coping with space limitations such as tight parking lots or city streets. • Connectivity: Embedded sensors increase safety by communicating road and weather conditions to the vehicle control system and other nearby cars, while tread and tyre pressure monitoring technology regulate even wear. • Connected via magnetic levitation: The tyres would rely on a magnetic levitation system to suspend the car resulting in a smooth, quiet ride for the passenger. • Biomimicry: The 3D printed tread mimics the pattern of brain coral and behaves like a natural sponge – designed to stiffen in dry conditions and soften when wet to deliver excellent driving performance and aquaplaning resistance.
the tyre senses a rainy or slippery road surface, the autonomous vehicle will adapt its speed. Additionally, the tyre can shorten the stopping distance, provide a better cornering response, optimise stability and even support collision prevention systems. 21
GearWrench launches new Electronic Torque Wrench G
earWrench has launched the Electronic Torque Wrench (ETW) with built in Target Torque Alert (TTA) technology that ensures accurate and efficient tensioning of various fasteners, for superior and more consistent fitting. The GearWrench ETW is designed to achieve the proper tension of bolts, and the correct loading of parts. The user can select a specific target torque value, using the LCD screen, and as the torque approaches the optimal level as set by the operator, the TTA will activate
in the form of an optional accelerated beeping sound. When the optimal torque is reached, the handle vibrates, a beep tone will sound and a solid red LED light is shown on the screen display. Gearwrench says that the accuracy of the ETW is excellent at 20%-100% of full scale, with counter-clockwise accuracy at ±3%, and ±2% clockwise. And the wrench is flexible too. The ETW 72-tooth gearing and 5o ratcheting arc provides greater access when working in confined spaces and compromising angles. The GearWrench Electronic
Torque Wrench is packaged in a sturdy blow-molded case to prevent scuffing and breakage. On top of this the ETW can record in five different torque measurements. Available now in two sizes: • ⅜” Drive Electronic Torque Wrench – 30-340Nm (7.4 - 99.6ft-lb) RRP $403.75 • ½” Drive Electronic Torque Wrench – 10-135Nm (25.1250.8 ft-lb) RRP $437.55 For more information on the Electronic Torque Wrench, or to find your nearest GearWrench stockist, visit www.gearwrench.com.au
Narva launches bumper new Product Catalogue
arva’s new 540-page catalogue introduces a new interactive video experience for both seller and end-user. With the use of your mobile phone or tablet, the user can scan the reader on the page that takes you directly to a product feature, instructional video or product comparison. The Emergency lighting section now includes an expanded selection of ‘Eurotech’ Class 1 and Class 2 LED strobes and the new compact and slimline ‘Aeromax’ lightboxes. Narva’s globe range has been boosted with the availability of the Platinum Plus 130 globes – the company’s most powerful Halogen globe ever - and a further
addition to the product line is the LED Interior Globe range. The catalogue showcases the release of a new range of laseretched LED rocker switches to cover all 4WD, transport, marine and RV requirements. There are more heavy duty battery master switches for transport, mining and marine too.
Commercial vehicles will also benefit from a new range of LED truck and trailer lighting which includes LED light pipe side markers, as well as rear lighting options which also use light pipe optics for a neon tail light affect, often utilised within the luxury vehicle market. These are complemented by the new die cast LED Interior lamps boasting high powered 5-watt LEDs that can be controlled with a separate PIR detector. Copies of the new 2016/17 product catalogue can be ordered from your Narva representative or call the toll free number 1800 113 443.
Ryco launches new oil filter range
yco has launched its SYNTEC™ range of high efficiency oil filters which, it says, has been designed specifically to match the longer service intervals of modern vehicles. The fully synthetic construction means that all filters in Ryco’s SYNTEC™ range deliver an unmatched 15,000 kilometre service interval. “We’re extremely excited about the launch of the SYNTEC™ range,” said George Dearden, GUD Automotive Chief Engineer. “Our team of experienced engineers worked hand-in-hand with the filtration media supplier to develop a high efficiency media designed to remove more dirt, keeping your engines cleaner for longer. “We put the SYNTEC™ through a rigorous, multipass test in our world-class lab in Melbourne, and we’re happy to report it passed with flying colours.” Ryco says that what sets the SYNTEC™ apart is the use of ‘Nano Fibre’ media that has superior particle removal characteristics which allow it to withstand the harsh conditions arising from extended drain periods. “The Nano Fibre technology that is a feature in the SYNTEC™ range also offers a very high initial efficiency that exceeds 99 per cent at 25 micron,” said Mr Dearden. “This is well above the filtration rates offered by standard filters while the low restriction to flow is beneficial at engine start up when cold.” Manufactured using the most modern techniques, the highly efficient Nano Fibre Media provides a tightly woven synthetic media, designed to trap more dirt as oil moves through it, without increasing the pressure drop across the filter. For more product information visit: www.rycofilters.com.au/Products/Oil Note: Ryco SynTec is not suitable for racing applications
CoolDrive introduces two NOCO Jump Starters to product range The NOCO GB40 and GB70 incorporate patented spark-proof technology
oolDrive Distribution has added two new NOCO Jump Starters to its product range. The NOCO GB40 and GB70 are lithiumion battery powered jump starters with patented safety technology featuring spark-proof technology and reverse polarity protection. CoolDrive says the Jump Starters incorporate patented spark-proof technology to make them the safest on the market and almost impossible to use incorrectly as the reverse polarity protection feature means the units cannot be used with the terminals the wrong way round. Designed primarily as an emergency jump starter for the general vehicle market, the GB40 is a compact yet powerful jump starter and can be used for up to 20 starts on a single charge. It is suitable for petrol engines up to 6.0L and diesel engines up to 3.0L. The ultrapowerful GB70 is aimed more at commercial vehicles and offers 40 jump starts on a single
charge, and is designed for larger motors of petrol engines up to 8.0L and diesel engines up to 6.0L. Delivering rapid recharging in just over three hours, the GB40 and GB70 can also be used to power 12V devices such as a tyre inflator, lights, power invertor and more. Both units have a capacity to charge smartphones, tablets, GPS devices and more, as well as being able to jump start a dead battery in seconds. There is also an inbuilt ultra-bright torch with seven light modes including an emergency strobe beacon. Both the GB40 and GB70 are rechargeable via any powered USB port or using the provided 12V charger.
VW continues WRC domination A fter three rounds of the WRC season, Volkswagen continues to dominate the competition in the World Rally Championship. Victories in Monte Carlo and Sweden were followed up with a one-two finish for the German team in Mexico, although this time defending world champion Sebastien Ogier had to settle for second place behind teammate Jari-Matti Latvala. Latvala, who had failed to clinch any points in the previous two rounds in Europe,
“This is a fantastic result. After the disappointing results in the first two events, it was important to finally pick up points.” controlled the Mexico event, winning by 1 minute and 5 seconds after 400km of racing. It was the Finnish driver’s 16th career victory and the 12th 24
Mikka Antilla and Jari-Matti Latvala celebrate victory in Mexico
2016 RALLY MEXICO RESULTS 1 J. M. Latvala / M. Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
2 S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC)
3 D. Sordo / M. Martí (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC)
4 M. Østberg / O. Floene (Ford Fiesta RS WRC)
5 H. Paddon / J. Kennard (Hyundai New Generation i20 WRC)
consecutive win for Volkswagen and its astonishing Polo R cars. Latvala had a low start position on the Friday and Saturday, meaning he benefited
from slightly better conditions than Ogier, who was among those that ‘cleaned’ the gravel roads for the later starters. The result saw Latvala win all
10 of the gravel stages, though Ogier would come back to take the 80km special stage – the longest such stage on the WRC since 1986 - on the Sunday. Ogier was able to take 25 seconds out of Latvala’s lead during the epic stage but he was too far behind by that point to make a play for the rally victory. For Latvala, the result came as big relief and he was, not surprisingly, ecstatic with his win. “I am very happy and satisfied,”
2016 WRC DRIVERS’ STANDINGS 1 S. Ogier
2 M. Østberg
3 A. Mikkelsen
4 D. Sordo
5 H. Paddon
6 J. M. Latvala
7 O. Tanak
8 T. Neuville
9 S. Lefebvre
10 H. Solberg
Volkswagen 2017 Polo R WRC taking shape
W’s next generation Polo R WRC is going to be more powerful, faster and more spectacular and Volkswagen designers have produced a visual concept, revealing how the Polo R WRC may appear in the coming season. The new car will be about 50 millimetres wider and 25 kilograms lighter than the current car, and will generate 380 hp/280 kW – about 60hp/45Kw more than this year’s model. Volkswagen has been developing the third generation of the Polo R WRC since summer 2015, when the International Automobile
Federation (FIA) released the new regulations for the highest class of rallying in the world. Having already successfully tested key components in the current chassis, development now enters the crucial phase. ‘‘The 2017 WRC regulations include
he said. “This is a fantastic result. After the disappointing results in the first two events, it was important to finally pick up points . . . Naturally, I had a good basis with my starting position this weekend, but the longest rally of the season still had to be mastered. We found a good set-up and also chose the right tactics. However, we will by no means be resting on our laurels, rather we will take the momentum with us to Argentina.” many spectacular technical innovations for the World Rally Championship,’’ said Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director. ‘‘The World Rally Cars of the future will incorporate all the experience that teams have gained in recent years. They will be considerably more dynamic, whilst at the same time being safer. As usual, we are working painstakingly on the development of the next generation of the Polo R WRC. The key between now and the start of next season is to achieve the best possible prerequisites to allow the 2017 Polo R WRC to be as successful as its two predecessors.‘‘
Rosberg victorious in Australia, Bah M
ercedes started the 2016 Formula One season with a one-two podium finish at the year’s opening race at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Nico Rosberg claimed the victory, defending champion Lewis Hamilton finished second, with Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel taking the last podium spot. Though the result seems to indicate that Mercedes will be the force to beat again this season, the race was tight enough to suggest the gap between the teams is getting closer and Mercedes will not have it all their own way this year. It was an action-packed GP, marked by a monster crash involving McLaren’s Fernando Alonso on Lap 18. Thankfully, Alonso walked away from the accident, which saw him clip the Haas team car of Esteban Gutierrez and flip horrifyingly to a halt at Turn 3. The crash altered the dynamics of the race and, perhaps, its outcome. The 20-minute break to clear debris from the track saw Mercedes take advantage of a tyre strategy that meant they could drive through to the end of the race without a further change while Ferrari were forced to pit Vettel again, losing precious time to his rivals. Up to that moment, Ferrari looked to be in control, with Vettel performing solidly after a spectacular start saw him outstrip pole-sitter Hamilton - who had a horror start, falling to sixth spot by the second corner - and second-placed Rosberg to take the lead at the first turn. In victory, Rosberg recognised that the Ferrari team looked set to offer the biggest challenge to what has been two years of Mercedes domination. “That was a perfect race for me,” said Rosberg. “The start was tricky, as I was on the dirty side of the grid and Vettel managed to be ahead. He did a really good job at the start – but we chose the perfect strategy by going onto the medium tyre after the red flag. We can enjoy this moment for sure – but we know now just how strong those red cars will be this season, so we cannot afford to relax.” 26
Nico Rosberg took victory in Melbourne, with Lewis Hamilton in second. An excellent performance by
Fernando Alonso walked away from a monster crash that left his McLaren a mangled wreck
For Australian fans, there was something to celebrate in the performance of Daniel Ricciardo, who drove superbly to a 4th place finish. “Today was fun for me,” said the Aussie. “At the start we were able to pick cars off. We had good pace and it was fun to be able to pass cars - I was enjoying that as always . . . Fourth is still
Sebastien Vettel saw him take third spot for Ferrari
a good result and I’m happy we’re not that far off Mercedes and Ferrari.” While the race itself was hailed as an action-packed success, the new qualifying format, tried for the first time in Melbourne, most assuredly was not. The revised knock-out format, which saw drivers eliminated every 90 seconds during the final minutes of each of the three qualifying sessions, was highly anticipated. However, in the third session, teams were content to conserve tyres and sit out the closing minutes. The upshot was that the hoped-for fight for pole never eventuated, disappointing fans, drivers and F1 administrators.
BAHRAIN The new format survived through to the Bahrain race where, once again, the Mercedes qualified fastest with Hamilton on pole and Rosberg in second.
hrain and China as F1 gets underway CHINA
It was another successful outing for Rosberg in Bahrain
But it was Rosberg who went on to win the GP and - after taking into account his late burst of success at the end of last season - this win was his fifth victory in a row. Hamilton dropped to ninth on the opening lap after a Turn 1 contact with Williamsâ€™ Valtteri Bottas, but still managed a creditable third place finish. The challenge from Ferrari, instead of coming from Sebastian Vettel, came from Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel's car failed to start following a suspected engine failure while Raikkonen performed brilliantly to take second spot on the podium. Rosberg, however, was flawless, and from the moment the flag fell to start the race he was never under real, consistent pressure. "The start was definitely the key to my win," said Rosberg. "That was a really great moment, as it was an area that we put a lot effort into before the race. "Leading into Turn One was a relief, to be honest, as I could see in my
mirrors that it was very busy behind me. But from then on I was able to control the pace and take the win . . . It was an almost perfect weekend for me." Once again, Daniel Ricciardo performed well, scoring another fourth place finish - a finish that saw him move to third place in the overall drivers' standings.
Formula One's experiment with the new qualifying system ended in China. The widespread criticism aimed at the format was enough for officials to revert to the previous format. That format, where the slowest six cars are eliminated at the end of the first two qualifying sessions before a final ten-car shootout for Pole in Q3, produced an exciting race for the top spot and threw a couple of surprises into the mix. Rosberg took pole and the Ferraris of Raikkonen and Vettel filled spots three and four, but Ricciardo and Red Bull found a burst of speed to be second on the grid. Hamilton, meanwhile, following a problem with his Mercedes' power unit, was forced to start from the back of the grid. As for the race, it was an actionpacked monster of an event even though Rosberg, on his own at the front of the pack, cruised to another dominant victory - his sixth in a row. A sensational start from Ricciardo saw him take the lead only for a tyre blowout on Lap 3 relegate him down the field. Prangs galore during a dramatic opening few minutes also hampered two other pre-race favourites - Hamilton and Vettel. However, sensational drives from Vettal and Ricciardo saw them make incredible recoveries. Ricciardo drove brilliantly to recover to fourth, despite being 17th at the end of lap four. Vettel, meanwhile, did even better, taking second place on the podium after sitting as low as 15th at one point. However, once again, it was Rosberg who left the track with the trophy and already it's looking like it is the German driver's championship to lose.
FORMULA ONE CHAMPIONSHIP 1
Nissan GT-R breaks the fastest drift world record N issan has set the Guinness World Records title for the fastest ever drift. The record was broken with a speed of 304.96 km/h and 30-degree angle using a specially-tuned MY16 Nissan GT-R. Masato Kawabata, the Japanese drift champion and title holder for the Japanese drifting series, clinched the record from former holder Jakub Przygonski of Poland. The record was set during a special event that took place at Fujairah International Airport, UAE. The record-breaking Nissan GT-R was developed with the support and coordination of NISMO specialists. It was tuned to 1380hp (approximately 1030kW of power) in order to set the record, and adapted so all the power went to the rear wheels. The GT-R was prepared by GReddy Trust and tested extensively at Japan’s Fuji Speedway facility with Kawabata at the wheel. "Once again, Nissan has broken a Guinness World Records title and has made international history for the fifth time in the Middle East," said Samir Cherfan, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East. "The Nissan GT-R is one of the world’s most iconic supercars, proving time and again the incredible breadth of its capabilities, and has clearly demonstrated its performance leadership by beating the best drift cars out there. The fact that this 28
“Once again, Nissan has broken a Guinness World Records title and has made international history for the fifth time in the Middle East.” achievement was set here in the UAE makes it even more special for our region. Setting this incredibly difficult world record was a clear demonstration of the excitement we are bringing to the Middle East with the NISMO brand." Kawabata used Toyo Tires Proxes
R1R for the record, a tyre available off the shelf at Toyo retailers. “This incredible new record is testament to Kawabata’s incredible skill and the extreme performance of the off-the-shelf, road legal Proxes R1R,” said Jose Angeles, Toyo Tires marketing manager. “The world record speaks volumes for the entire Proxes range of ultra-high performance tyres.” Fujairah International Airport was chosen for its three kilometre long airstrip which was deemed to be sufficiently long enough for the challenge. From the outset, Nissan wanted to perform the drift at a speed of more than 300km/h and Kawabata, who leads in the Japanese drifting series for Team Toyo and is the defending champion, was chosen from a group of highly specialised competition drivers.
Marquez back on top of MotoGP T wo-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez sits atop the MotoGP standings after back-to-back wins in Argentina and at the Grand Prix of The Americas in Austin, Texas – a victory that also saw him claim his fourth consecutive victory at the US track. Three races in, and after an 8th place finish in the season’s opening race in Qatar, Marquez has 66 points, leading the championship by 21 from defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo and 33 from Valentino Rossi. Marquez celebrates his fourth win in succession in Austin, Texas The Spaniard went into the race with a perfect record on American soil, having won every MotoGP race MOTOGP RIDER STANDINGS he had started in the United States. (AS OF APRIL 10, 2016) After a start that saw Lorenzo pip 1 Marc Marquez Honda 66 him to the first corner and take the 2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 45 lead for a short time, Marquez was in 3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 33 dominant form, the Repsol Honda rider making no mistakes as he stormed 4 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 28 to a 6 second victory over Lorenzo. 5 Dani Pedrosa Honda 27 Behind him, the story was of who was unable to reach the finish just before the race we decided to line with Valentino Rossi (Movistar run the soft front tyre. In the end the Yamaha MotoGP), Andrea Dovizioso team advised me very well, because (Ducati Team) and Dani Pedrosa the change gave me the good feeling (Repsol Honda Team) all failing with the bike that I had partly lost in to reach the chequered flag. the warm-up. We’ve taken another “I’m very happy with how the whole victory here in Austin and are now on weekend has gone,” said Marquez a run of four in a row, which is great. In after his victory. “This is a circuit that addition, the joy of the team after we I like, one of my favourites, but there were some unknowns here because won illustrates everything we’re working
on. In these first three races of the year, we’ve made good use of the situations that we’ve encountered.” It has been an intriguing start to the 2016 season. Tyre supplier Michelin, returning to the sport after a seven-year absence, had encountered some issues in the previous race in Argentina. An incident during free practice saw the rear of Scott Redding’s Ducati damaged and officials deemed it necessary to withdraw both versions of the rear tyre that were available to all riders, replacing it with a new tyre designed with a stiffer construction. Though the circumstances of the incident remained unclear, Michelin brought new rear tyres to the Austin circuit following a decision to begin production on a brand new version. In quite the manufacturing and logistical feat, the company began the tyre build process on the preceding Monday in France and the tyres were then shipped to Texas, arriving in separate batches at the track on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. The new tyres had a stiffer construction with a softer compound, designed specifically for the Austin circuit and, the company said, ‘. . . were built with a significant respect for safety to counter any incidents like the one encountered in Argentina last weekend’.
Toyo Tires begins global brand ambassador partnership agreement with Ken Block
oyo Tires is teaming up with American racer Ken Block and his team, Hoonigan Racing Division. The company has appointed Block a Proxes brand ambassador and will roll out promotional activities to globally promote the ultra-highperformance (UHP) Proxes tyres. A race driver and athlete who has competed successfully in numerous sports, Block now focuses on rally competitions, and his highly-
successful ‘Gymkhana’ video franchise. The franchise has received more than 350 million views to date and showcases his awe-inspiring driving. Gymkhana 8 debuted on the Ken Block Ford Performance YouTube channel in February featuring his all-new Ford Fiesta ST RX43 equipped with Toyo Proxes R1R tyres. Toyo says it will support Block as a Proxes brand ambassador, and
believes this partnership will boost the company's global brand recognition and image through visibility Block’s videos and racing activities.
WORLD NEWS the premium automotive segment as it is the first time the tyre maker is supplying both summer and winter tyres to the BMW Group as original equipment. “We are proud to be supplying not only our UHP flagship tyre to the new 7 Series, but for the first time have also been chosen as the winter tyre original equipment supplier with our advanced run-flat technology within this prestigious segment”, says Ho-Youl Pae, Head of Hankook Tire Europe.
UK Hankook Tire says it has been selected as one of the original equipment suppliers for the all new BMW 7 Series. The brand new luxury BMW will feature Hankook tyres, amongst others, when rolled off the factory production line. Hankook’s high-end premium flagship tyre Ventus S1 evo2 shall be fitted in special run-flat sizes 245/50 R 18 Y *RSC (Run-flat Safety Component) alongside mixed sizes 245/45 R19 Y *RSC for the front and 275/40 R19 Y *RSC for the rear axle, providing ultra-high performing summer mobility. The tyre manufacturer’s ultra-high-performance cold weather pattern Winter i*cept evo will be supplied in size 245/50R 18 H *RSC on each corner ensuring superior winter performance is achieved. The 7 Series Sedan is the seventh model by the BMW Group
to be available with Hankook tyres including MINI, the BMW 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Series as well as the X5. Hankook says the approval marks another important milestone in Hankook’s global expansion in to
Continental Tyres is supporting The Institute of The Motor Industry (IMI) with Driving Change, a series of four in-depth online programs by the IMI, produced in partnership with ITN Productions. The partnership features compelling industry interviews and news-style continued on page 32
Cooper Tire Europe launches new premium warranty scheme
ooper Tire Europe has launched its Cooper Promise warranty scheme covering Cooper Zeon CS Sport, Cooper Zeon CS8 and Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport tyres. When purchasing a set of four Cooper Zeon CS Sport, CS8 or 4XS Sport tyres, customers can register for the new premium tyre warranty scheme which offers more cover, for more miles, at no additional cost. The warranty includes a 30-day road test, accidental damage coverage and up to 30,000 miles (48,000 km) warranty. Cooper customers simply register their new Cooper Zeon CS Sport, CS8 or 4XS Sport tyres online at www.cooperpromise. co.uk within 14 days of purchase and the warranty period will begin straight away. Terms and conditions apply.
If tyres suffer accidental damage at any time within the mileage warranty, they can be returned to the Cooper Tire dealer where they were purchased, along with proof of purchase and compliance with warranty conditions, and an equivalent replacement tyre will be provided or a credit applied towards a replacement. The Cooper Promise specifically covers Cooper Tire Europe’s premium tyre range for
ultra-high-performance vehicles, SUVs and driving enthusiasts looking for a tyre that can deliver both excellent wet and dry grip. All products covered in the Cooper Promise carry an “A” grade for wet grip. “We are delighted to launch the Cooper Promise in the UK for 2016, as a market-leading tyre warranty initiative,” said Sarah McRoberts, Marketing Communications Manager for Cooper Tire Europe. “Cooper is always looking at ways to go the extra mile for its customers. Our ultimate goal is to provide Cooper tyre owners with more confidence on the road and complete driving satisfaction.” As part of the warranty, Cooper customers are required to rotate their tyres in accordance with prescribed rotation patterns. For more details visit www.cooperpromise.co.uk
Gender divides autopilot drivers
new study concludes that men and women drift into different worlds when switched to ‘autopilot’ and hope for different benefits from future automotive advances. Women drivers are nearly twice as likely as their male counterparts to compile a mental shopping or ‘to do’ list, whilst men listen to music, the radio or podcasts. Eight in ten road users admit they sometimes drive on autopilot – zoning out for some or all of their journey. The issue appears to be getting worse as the same study in 2009 found six in ten failed to concentrate throughout their trip. The research is part of Continental Tyres’ ‘Vision Zero’, a long-term commitment to reduce accidents through innovative tyre technologies and automotive systems. It was also revealed that men are far less worried that being an autopilot motorist impacts their safety, with 41 per cent not bothered if they sometimes tune out – 24 per cent more than with women. “Although both men and women are physically engaged in driving, if they are distracted that presents a risk,” said Mark Griffiths, safety expert for Continental Tyres. “It is possible that what they think about when ‘zoned out’ can make a big difference when they need to concentrate fully. “This research also identifies clear differences in the environment when the different genders are more prone to being distracted, and given the impact on likely speeds this informs our
“It is possible that what they think about when ‘zoned out’ can make a big difference when they need to concentrate fully.” constant drive to improve road safety.” The study of 2,000 drivers determined that women are 57 per cent more likely to be distracted on small side roads – when travelling slower – whilst men are 48 per cent more likely to switch to autopilot when on motorways. A quarter of all drivers say that being distracted happens as often as one in five journeys – with around one in six men admitting they often cannot remember the entire journey. “Driving is a complex task that requires our attention but not necessarily our absolute concentration, as long as everything is happening like we expect it to on the road,” said Professor John Groeger, driving psychologist at the University of Hull. "Without concentration, reacting to something unexpected may simply take too long for us to respond safely. "The sheer monotony of driving can mean maintaining concentration is very difficult and tiring though it is, it is vital that we get it right." As advances are made in automotive technology, more and more tasks are
removed from the driver – like parking assistance – so the potential exists for there to be less to concentrate on. Men are very positive about future automotive technology as they are 46 per cent more likely to suggest automated driving will increase road safety. Three in ten women are not sure whether such advances will be safer. When asked about the priorities for development, men were nearly twice as keen as women to see driverless cars on the road, whilst female motorists are 23 per cent more likely to want technology to improve protection for people in the event of a crash. Mark Griffiths of Continental Tyres said: “It’s important that all motorists are mindful about their concentration levels when on the road and that they make sure they feel refreshed and fit to drive. “And whatever technology is introduced to assist their driving, it’s essential that the driver remains in control and recognises their responsibility”. The top five distractions for men and women that are a risk to road safety are: Women 1. Bad weather – 49 per cent 2. Tiredness – 45 per cent 3. Noisy child – 36 per cent 3. Bad mood – 36 per cent 4. Other drivers / road rage – 34 per cent Men 1. Tiredness – 46 per cent 2. Bad weather – 36 per cent 3. Noisy child – 32 per cent 4. Other drivers / road rage – 30 per cent 5. Bad mood – 27 per cent. 31
WORLD NEWS reports along with sponsored editorial profiles on what industry leaders are doing to keep pace with change. Continental Tyres is supporting the ‘Innovation’ segment in highlighting its leading safety credentials around tyre awareness and its long-term commitment to ‘VisionZero.’ Through the use of innovative tyre technologies and automotive systems, Continental’s end goal is for zero fatalities, zero accidents and zero injuries on the road. As partner in excellence at Mercedes-Benz World, Continental has offered the chance to experience the difference between summer and winter tyres over the past two years,
with over 600 motorists already experiencing the tests. The IMI’s Driving Change series provides Continental with the perfect platform to engage consumers, retailers and the wider motoring industry in highlighting its commitment to tyre safety on UK roads. The free driving experiences see two cars go through a slalom on a simulated icy track, one fitted with Continental summer tyres and the other with Continental winter tyres, providing first-hand experience with the notable difference in stopping distance. Prior to completing the tests, 82 per cent of those that took part had never experienced winter tyres. Following the free demonstrations, 98 per cent
said that the Continental winter tyres exceeded their expectations and proved a valuable exercise. “We are fully committed to VisionZero and Continental has previously supported the IMI to improve the knowledge of apprentices and professionalism in garages, with online training,” said David Smith, Managing Director of Continental Tyres. “The Driving Change series is a great opportunity for us to highlight the impact of fitting summer and winter tyres in the correct season and engaging the industry around the only four corners of the car that connect you with the road.”
Avon Tyres celebrates over 60 years as Castle Combe sponsor
Inset: The Avon Bridge in 1954. Main pic: The bridge today
von Tyres has marked its renewed sponsorship of Castle Combe Circuit, in Wiltshire – in what is believed to be the UK’s longeststanding sponsorship at any circuit – by revamping the famous Avon bridge crossing the pit lane entry. The current deal takes Avon Tyres through to 75 years of association with one of the fastest tracks in the country. Avon Tyres, located in Melksham, just 11 miles from Castle Combe Circuit, was one of the first
permanent sponsorships secured by the race venue, in 1954. Acting as the backdrop to many ontrack battles over the past six decades, the Avon-branded bridge stands out as a recognisable and well-loved feature at Castle Combe. Famous names to have passed under the Avon bridge include Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, David Coulthard, John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, John McGuinness and Barry Sheene. The local tyre manufacturer’s support for the race venue is also
evident via the Race School on motorcycle track days, as a number of lead instructors can be seen riding on Avon tyres. Avon also supplies tyres to the Race School’s fleet of Formula Ford single-seaters and Ford Fiesta and Focus ST saloon cars. “Our commitment to Castle Combe is shown by the longevity of our association with the race venue, and through our latest revitalisation of the iconic Avon Tyres bridge,” said Sarah McRoberts, European Marketing Communications Manager for Avon Tyres. “As a drivers’ favourite in the UK, the circuit has seen numerous Formula 1 World Champions rise through the ranks of grassroots motorsport. The track also continues to support club racing and numerous motorsport events throughout the year.” “The Avon Bridge is an iconic landmark and probably the most recognisable feature of the circuit,” said Graham Marshallsay, Managing Director of Castle Combe Circuit. “We are delighted that our longstanding partnership with Avon Tyres is extending into a new era with the bridge’s fantastic new livery. It marks the final threshold all drivers cross to join the circuit but it also performs a vital function of providing safe foot passage for our thousands of loyal spectators!”
UK TyreSafe, the UK’s not-for-profit tyre safety awareness organisation, has released an online tyre pressure calculator for caravan owners. The unique web form tool developed by TyreSafe provides a valuable resource to ensure tyres are properly inflated for the journeys ahead. Simple to use, the TyreSafe Caravan Tyre Pressure Calculator requires just three pieces of information to be entered before generating a recommended pressure: • Maximum Technically Permitted Load Mass • Number of road wheels • Tyre size and load index Readily available on the move, it can be accessed via tyresafe.org on mobile devices, allowing owners to refer to the results while they are adjusting pressures. TyreSafe has also released an informative animation for caravan owners to guide them through the essential tyre safety checks and maintenance they need to carry out before making their first trip of the season. Ensuring wheel bolts are at the correct tension, every tyre has more than 1.6mm of tread with no lumps, bumps or cuts in them and, of course, that they are at the right pressure, is equally important for the caravan as it is for the vehicle towing them. The short animation can be found in the caravan tyre safety section at tyresafe.org and in the film and animation library.
JAPAN The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. (Yokohama) and Continental AG (Continental) have announced they have agreed to terminate their joint venture company, Yokohama Continental Tire Co., Ltd. (YCC), effective end of March 2016. YCC was formed in 2002 in order to meet Japanese and Korean carmakers’ requirement of global procurement and has been considered a success. In the meanwhile, Yokohama and Continental have been expanding their global production networks and the primary purpose of YCC has been achieved. Yokohama and Continental have agreed to expand their own business individually throughout the world.
Hankook Ventus Prime³ now ready for European Roads
ankook has introduced its new Ventus Prime3 for the European market. Developed to achieve the perfect balance between performance and comfort, safety and environmentally friendliness, the Ventus Prime3 is the latest premium comfort flagship of the company’s successful Ventus line. The tyre is available in 53 dimensions ranging from 15 to 18 inches. Improved braking abilities through the use of a new high grip silica compound, and better dispersion of polymers and fillers within the tread compound has, the company says, resulted in an approximately 8% improved wet braking performance whilst also reducing the tyre’s rolling resistance. Hankook says another significant step forward for the new Ventus Prime3 is the progress that has been made in its dry performance capabilities. By applying a further optimised asymmetric tread design, the tyre’s contact area has been enlarged by 10 per cent. This, together with an improved tread stiffness for both lateral and radial directions, in combination with the solid outside shoulder and hybrid hardness design of the outer tread ribs, allows for a
superior dry handling performance. A 3 per cent improvement has been achieved for dry braking, while improved design, newlydeveloped polymers applied to the tread compound, and a number of other features have seen improvements in wear resistance, better handling and more precise steering responses and great controllability, even at high speeds. Further design features have, Hankook says, reduced noise and enhanced the tyre’s comfort characteristics. Like all Hankook Ventus products, the company’s new premium comfort tyre features a Visual Alignment Indicator (VAI) system on the shoulders, providing drivers with a simple and straightforward method for easily checking their car’s wheel alignment. 33
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