Timely news for Irish motorists is the announcement by Michelin of its plans to expand its range of summer tyres with winter capabilities with the introduction of CrossClimate+ fitments, built to offer improved traction on snow-covered roads. Soon to be launched in 15 to 18-inch sizes initially, the CrossClimate+ tyres are designed to counter the changeable weather that constantly afflicts Irish roads. According to Michelin, the new range offers the benefits of a summer tyre for dry and wet braking, energy efficiency and total mileage, while also boasting the braking performance and traction of a winter tyre on cold and snow-covered roads – with little difference in performance as the tyre tread wears down.
Jamie McWhir, Customer Engineering Support Manager at Michelin, says: “With the introduction of the new CrossClimate+ tyres, fleet managers can maximise uptime, road safety and duty of care year-round, while also enjoying the durability, longevity and low total cost of ownership inherent to every Michelin tyre.” “This helps to reduce the number of wheel interventions, cuts fitting costs, improves uptime and negates expenditure on ‘tyre hotels’ for out-of-season storage,” he adds. CrossClimate+ fitments are to gradually replace the Michelin CrossClimate tyres, and will be available in a growing number of dimensions as the range expands even further.