Michelin have always been on the front line when it comes to new tyre developments.
This new all-weather tyre is no exception and just like all other Michelin products over the years will, become a success due to Michelin’s vast army of tyre fans. Michelin have always been a premium brand and have always charged a premium price, but they have resisted lowering their standards and their prices, using only their quality to keep the number one spot in the world tyre industry.
There is a saying in the tyre world” once a Michelin man always a Michelin Man”.
Michelin CrossClimate; is it the new generation of winter tyres
In my opinion this new CrossClimate Tyre, from the excellent Michelin tyre company is part of the next generation of tyres that will eliminate the need to change from summer to winter tyres. It just depends on the sizes and availability for all types of car.
The new CrossClimate will give the motorists a similar experience as summer tyres with good wet and dry braking, with a better fuel efficiency. The new tyre will also have the tread and compound to be able to withstand winter driving conditions and so consumers will be able to have a one stop tyre for all year round driving.
The tyre is ideal for countries that experience a mixed climate all year round, hence the name”CrossClimate Tyre”, such as here in the UK and the Mediterranean countries where one day it could be sunny but also icy first thing in the morning, with spells of snowy weather in-between.
I am not sure of the noise levels on some road surfaces, because this is the downside of having a heavier tread pattern to cope with snow or heavy rain. Many drivers with winter tyres fitted will notice different tones in the road noise when driving on say a motorway, some surfaces are extremely noisy when the car is fitted with winter tyres and you can notice the difference on say concrete and tarmac road surfaces, so I reckon that the CrossClimate will be a little noisier.
We have had what are called “All Season tyres” out now for a few years, that have been used in the same type of driving conditions, but have never replaced the winter tyres which have grown in popularity over the past few years. Other well-known brands with a similar product are Vredestein Apollo with their Quatrac tyres and of course Goodyear with their Vector 4 seasons tyres, all proving popular but not replacing the purpose built winter tyres.
The difference between the Michelin CrossClimate Tyre product and the other similar tyres is that the CrossClimate has been more finally tweaked, by modifying the compounds and tread design, giving the tyres a better braking performance than their counterparts.
Also I think that this is a good way of keeping the profit levels up by constantly bringing out new tyre products that will be more difficult to replicate by other tyre companies and keep ahead of the race to improve safety standards and not just a cheap price.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Michelin CrossClimate Tyre online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.