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INFINITY TYRES (And Beyond)- A look at one of the better Budget tyre brands

Post Updated 23rd Jan 2014

Infinity tyres becoming a top budget tyre

I have decide to write a post about an economy brand of tyre, because out of all the different makes of tyres that we sell from all over the World, then I think that INFINITY TYRES are in my opinion one of the best and most reliable of the cheap tyres, on offer in todays tyre market.

Over the many years that I have bought and sold tyres. Many of the budget brands were owned by some of the large tyre manufacturers, companies like Goodyear own the brand called Debica, which are made in the same factories as their better known brands, but recently, perhaps in the last ten years the economy tyre brands have been manufactured in the far East such as China, (including Michelin, who now make some of their tyres in China)

infinity tyres

Infinity tyres Eco Max tyre

Pellon Tyres have dealt with many different cheap tyre brands in the past but we are very happy to concentrate on the Infinity tyres brand ,these tyres are perhaps the best economy tyres that we have used in recent years.

 

Infinity tyres have also made a wise decision to enter the World of motor-sport, this move will help this tyre company in their research and development programmes to help them produce a better tyre for the regular tyre buyers, who want real value for money.

 

Although Infinity tyres are classed as an economy tyre, they are getting nearer to being in the mid-range tyre bracket , but I can assure my customers that the Infinity brand will satisfy their tyre needs at a great price.

Infinity tyres are now at bargain prices

 Another positive thing about Infinity tyres is that we have not had one faulty tyres amongst the thousands that we sell. We also think that the price of these tyres can not be beat. At the moment you can buy 2x 20555v16 Infinty tyres for as little as £100 for the two, a real bargain.

 Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first

infinity tyres

Infinity also sponsor some types of motorsport activities

business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

 

EfficientGrip tyres-from Goodyear gain strong label grades and test ratings – Etyres

EfficientGrip tyres

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EfficientGrip Tyres

The fuel-saving tyre that keeps performing for longer.

  • Fuel-saving and environmentally friendly,
  • Long lasting better braking on wet roads,
  • Quiet, comfortable ride
Designed as a new environmentally friendlier tyre the Goodyear EfficientGrip provides driving performance while reducing fuel consumption.
The EfficientGrip has the great handling and braking qualities you’d expect from a Goodyear tyre – with its Fuel-saving technology and outstanding rolling resistance (13% better) the Goodyear EfficientGrip provides excellent mileage and reduced fuel consumption.

New Grip tyres from Goodyear gain strong label grades and test ratings Etyres Leading German car magazines Auto Zeitung and AD AC Motowelt firmly placed Goodyear’s EfficientGrip tyres Performance in second place, recognising the tyre’s all-round…

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Goodyear EfficientGrip one of the best

Comparatively, this tyre is undoubtedly one of tyre companies best products. Of course, since the Aquatred tyre  took the tyre world by storm ! Including, the Goodyear NCT 5 tyres.

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The tyre has come very close to winning top tyre magazines awards. Scoring, very highly on the new tyre labeling system. Significantly, this new tyre is a very good selling tyre for us at Pellon tyres here in Halifax, West Yorkshire in the UK.

Anciently, years ago now, I was fortunate to work for a Goodyear subsidiary, Tyreservices. Consequently, in the late seventies and eighties. Of course, before starting my own tyre company. The Goodyear experience, was fantastic. Because.

I was able to learn enough from Goodyear to be confident about opening my own tyre business. Significantly, and have never looked back. Of course, making Goodyear one of my favorite companies in the tyre World. They have an excellent tyre range including now the EfficientGrip tyres.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So, I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Naturally, before starting my first business. Now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. A keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. Members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Goodyear G800+S Tyres-advert from 1977 and up to date tyre developments

Goodyear G800+S Tyres

Goodyear G800+S Tyres

Goodyear G800+S Tyres steel radial would have been one of the first tyres to compete with Michelin tyres

for steel belted radial tyres that give the driver a good mileage and also good grip in the wet. Goodyear did have some teething problems when the Goodyear G800+S Tyres first came out. The steel belts were not protected against oxidizing correctly with non corroding metals such as copper or brass as the Michelin tyres had perfected this procedure and were having no such problems. This was eventually corrected, I think with the help of Michelin and the Goodyear G800+S Tyres became a very popular tyre and was sold mainly through the Tyreservices outlets simply because Goodyear owned them.    This tyre was evolved with Goodyear’s Grand Prix racing tyres playing a part in the Goodyear G800+S Tyres development. This is now common place amongst today’s tyre companies with Bridgestone tyres of Japan been the latest to be involved in F! racing.           

Since this post was written Goodyear and Dunlop have joined forces and become one large company. Goodyear like many of the large tyre companies are constantly coming out with new tyre products each one slightly better than the next,(so they say).

The latest tyres to come out are the Efficient grip range of summer tyres. These tyres are a range of fuel saving tyres due to modern construction and compound mixes. The Vectra 4 Seasons is their latest all-weather tyres and the winter tyre range is made up of eight different Ultragrip tread designs.

Goodyear like other leading tyre companies have also come out with a Run Flat tyre.

As one of the founder tyre companies every one of Goodyear’s tyres have  more than a hundred years of safety-driven research and development behind them. Goodyear state that they are  committed to making drivers feel good, through products that are safer, longer lasting and better for the environment.

With Goodyear G800+S Tyres, you get a great  performance and peace of mind as standard.

This Goodyear tyres post was written by Eric Roberts

 

Michelin Tweel Tyre Development- Similar to Tyre Used on Citroën Hybrid Air

Michelin Tweel Tyre

Michelin Tweel Tyre

New type of Michelin Tweel Tyre

Michelin tyres help the new Citroën Hybrid Air eco prototype to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, increase its energy efficiency and improve resistance to aquaplaning. The Hybrid Air was revealed at the Geneva Motor …

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Michelin Tweel Tyre Development

When I first saw this post i thought that the prototype Michelin tyre called the Michelin Tweel Tyre. Consequently which had been developed for real time use.  But looking at this I think not.

The new tyre is tall and narrow 165/50 x 18 will be the size used. This will make the tyre much more dynamic with far less rolling resistance. So, it will be like going back in time 50 years to Michelin’s first radials. They would have been 125 x 400 milimetric size (tall and thin). You know what they say “what comes round goes round”.

It was back in 2005 when the French tyre company first announced the arrival of the Michelin Tweel Tyre . To me it just looks like a light weight solid fork truck wheel with a wheel that has a solid rubber welded to the wheel on the outside. It could also be said to look like the old fashioned horse cart wheel, with the spokes fixed to a hub that is connected to the axle. The spokes then fit to the outer wheel, which is fitted with a rubber band.

The difference is in the materials that Michelin Tweel have used.

The same as the cart wheel. Traditionally, a solid inner hub mounts to the axle. Similar to a normal spokes alloy wheel. From this is another set of spokes that connect to the outer rim, the same as a cart wheel. These spokes are incredibly strong and are the things that replace the air pressure in a conventional tyre. The outer part of the Michelin Tweel Tyre rim is connected with a band of rubber with a tread pattern.

The second spokes that absorb all the impacts and bumps and respond to the cars steering are made from polyurethane and are incredibly strong. The French Company say that these spokes can be made of different strength and tensions, to enable the Michelin Tweel Tyre to be fitted to different vehicles of different weights and physical size, to help improve the handling, much in the same way as a conventional tyre and wheel assembly does at the moment. As I have said earlier in my article these Michelin Tweel Tyre do look like a mixture of the old cart wheels and modern alloy wheels and tyres and in my opinion area very clever concept.

Michelin have said that the Tweels have been tried and tested on an Audi A4

Naturally, giving the car much more lateral stiffness than the conventional wheel and tyre set up. In my opinion Michelin are a massive tyre company and I cannot see them giving up their core business, to make things like this, but I do think that the Tweel may be part of a big mix of technologies in the future.

Compiled by Eric Roberts…www.pellotyres.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Michelin Winter Tyre and Car Battery business now for 40 years. So, working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Now owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Of course, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products. Of course, that will help my business to grow.

Goodyear Greener Tyres-Introducing low rolling resistance tyres-A greener direction for Goodyear

Post updated  15/2/2014

Goodyear Greener Tyres introduces crouched undulatory negative taxis tyres.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:
Goodyear Greener Tyres

Striving for a greener  tyre

Goodyear  are always looking for developing a much more environmental friendly product. Hence, to be used to save energy. Thus, by using alternative materials to fossil fuels. These types of products  are especially

Goodyear Greener Tyres

Goodyear have participated in motorsport for a number of years now, which is all part of their  Greener Tyres development program.

beneficial . As a result, to the new families of electric vehicles.For sale in the car market of today.

One of the main things that the Goodyear Greener Tyres company  (along with other tyre makers) is the development of the low rolling resistance ones. The latest one out now is the Goodyear Greener Tyres Efficient-Grip, which is a great improvement for the reduction of road noise and better wet grip on cornering.

This new tyre is expected to be used on the new generation of  Run-flats, to be used on electric vehicles. In my opinion the new ones will have to come in taller (overall diameter) and thinner,  a near reversal of the older trend of having them as fat as possible. Sizes like 235/35×18 may become a thing of the past on the electric and hybrid cars, reverting back to sizes like 125×15 but constructed with different materials may become common on these vehicles.

This type of tyre is the type that gave the Citroen 2CV, 60 mpg all those years ago and I am sure that this has not gone unnoticed to the Goodyear and Michelin companies. Therefore many of today’s first line tyre manufacturers are striving to make the same goal? a much more environmental tyre product.

Eric Roberts…pellonautocentre.com

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Goodyear Tyre and Online Battery business now for some years.

Vintage cars visit Pellon Autocentre

Michelin Tyres Development-Set their Targets High as far back as the Thirties

 It is no surprise to the older drivers amongst us that Michelin Tyres Development has always been at the forefront of tyre design 

Michelin Tyres Development

This early Citroen ran on the Michelin Tyres Development XAS tyres

Ever since I started work as a junior tyre fitter all those years ago. So, I have marveled at the skill and professional work that Michelin Tyres Development  have put into their products. Even going back before my time ! French tyre makers were at the top of tyre development.Subsequently, all the other tyre companies were playing catch-up.

Enter the first steel belted radial that started it all off for Michelin tyres.

This was to be the tyre that changed their history. Including the great American tyre makers of the time. Of course, this new tyre from Michelin tyres was to be a far cry from the cross ply. Significantly, made by most other European tyre companies . Including, the Bias-belted tyres that were been developed in the USA.

The new Michelin Tyres Development was to be known as the Michelin”X”. Consequently, first appearing in 1949 (a year after I was born). This tyre would revolutionize the tyre industry ! With a product that would last longer and prove better car handling. Especially, for the type of suspension that was used on European cars.

This tyre was to be fitted as original equipment to Lancia and Citroen cars and also to the Mercedes 190 SL models.

It took a good ten years before the other tyre makers started to catch Michelin Tyres Development up, all trying to copy the steel belted “X” tyre.

Compared to the cross-ply tyre the radial gave many advantages. They  gave a much better mileage and road holding, ( I must admit that when I was in my early tyre fitting days, I can remember drivers complaining about Michelin  being bad in wet weather ?), This also gave added bonus of lower fuel consumption, a great

Michelin Tyres Development

The original Michelin Tyres Development x tyres

bonus for some of those old gas guzzling cars.

This is also the same time that imported cars were coming into the UK cars such as the Citroen 2 CV and Renault Dauphins.

More reading... “The Dauphine took over from the 4 CV in 1956, but not as a replacement. The name dauphine (heiress) was highly significant. Release was a major event on the motoring scene, and followed up by a successful career on French and export markets.  

Dauphine played its successor’s role to the full, boasting all the latest features of the epoch, such as adjustable seats, heating, and an automatic gearbox. The finish was very smart, with a red and black steering wheel and matching seats. The dashboard layout was uncluttered, and the interior roomy.  

Dauphine was a four-seater, with rear bench and two separate seats at the front. In January 1957, the US motoring weekly The Motor crowned it the “prettiest little four-seater in the world”. Sure, it was beautiful, elegant and shapely, totally in keeping with spirit of the 1960s.”…http://www.renault.com/en/vehicules/hier/pages/renault-dauphine.aspx

The Dauphin did not do too well in the “Cold Damp British climate”

So, soon had a bad reputation for bad rust, but it did come out on Michelin tyres, and I will never forget the first time I had to remove one of these products  from the rim. The tyre just fell off the wheel it was so easy to do, a big improvement on the struggle we had when fitting Dunlops . In those days we only had a hand held tyre bead breaker and some tyre levers, balancing was carried out on a small “bubble” wheel  balancer which I still believe never really worked.

To conclude Michelin Tyres Development have never looked back and in the early days because of their better cornering they were used in the early motor-sport cars with great success.

Post written by Eric Roberts

members of Point-S

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Best Price Michelin Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com. So, by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering a courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. of course, we are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Quality Yokohama winters- Yokohama winter tyres are available from Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK

Quality Yokohama winters

Quality Yokohama winters for real tough weather

As I look out of my office window at the snow falling . Therefore, I can not help but feel a certain amount of pride. Proud at the fact that I have sold hundred of Quality Yokohama winters. In fact, probably thousands oQuality Yokohama winters

winters. Hence, to my customers over the past few years.

For this reason, I know that the people who have bought these tyres. Will be safer when driving through the snow and ice. Here in Calderdale and Halifax we have a mixture of valleys and steep hills. Thus, making it very difficult to travel in bad weather,snow,ice and heavy rain. (we have a large amount of flooding during heavy rain) making driving with winters  much safer as they get rid of the water much faster than summer tyres, making driving much safer.

Now because of the ability to ship all around the World at speed, it is possible for us to buy many different brands of winters . One of these brands is a well known make called Yokohama tyres from Japan. We here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, UK were able to start buying from Quality Yokohama winters when we were privileged to be able to join a nationwide tyre group called Point-S.

Point-S enables to buy direct from tyre manufacturers such as Continental tyres, Firestone, Avon tyre,Quality Yokohama winters  and many more including the top tyre company Michelin .

Introduced us to Yokohama winter tyres

One of the great benefits this brought to us was the introduction to Yokohama winters . We bought our first ones in October 2012 and sold out four times. We were surprised to learn of how many of the public had heard of Yokohama tyres. The thing that does stand out about this product though, is how deeply involved Yokohama are into motor sport. They are involved with a multitude of motor racing events, this includes the prestigious FIA World Touring Car

Quality Yokohama winters

Quality Yokohama winters cope with conditions like this.

Championship(WTCC).The racing kicks off in 2013 on 24th March at Monza in Italy and I cannot wait to the report the events in my blog and with a bit of luck I may be able to visit a race and take some real time pictures.

So to get back to my point Yokohama tyres make a mean winter tyre and we are now able to sell this product to our customers in Calderdale and Halifax. I know from reports back to me that my customers are highly delighted with the winter tyres performance in the early cold spell we had here in the north of England which included a fair amount of snow, unfortunately the weather turned mild again, but we are now into our second cold snap and are selling winter tyres again, remember it is becoming popular to keep the winter tyres on your car all year round, because we now seam to be in a spell of wet summers and winter tyres get rid of the water at a faster rate when driving at 80mph on a motorway in torrential rain.

This post was written by Eric Roberts..

    Point-S members

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Yokohama Motorsport Tyres- One of the Worlds Top Motorsport Tyre Suppliers.

 Post updated  8/2/2014

Yokohama Motorsport Tyres are tried and tested

These tyres from out of Japan are no doubt one of the finest tyres in the World. As all major tyre companies Yokohama Japan obtain their know how and expertise from using their Yokohama Motorsport Tyres products used  in motor sport. This type of activity has always been the corner stone for the large tyre companies to prove and experiment with different types of treads and tread compounds. All the top companies use motor racing as a shop window to the World s tyre market, we all know and respect the efforts of Pirelli tyres in the last F! Series and their experiments with tread compounds on wet and dry road conditions.

 Yokohama Motorsport Tyres are no different.YOKOHAMA is one of the leading Tyre manufacturers in the world and is Official Tyre supplier for:

Yokohama Motorsport Tyres

Yokohama Motorsport Tyres ready to go

FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) – since 2006

European Touring Car Cup (ETCC) – since 2005
Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) – since 2007
Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) – since 2010
Russian Touring Car Championship (RTCC) – since 2006
Chinese Touring Car Championship (CTCC) – since 2010
Irish Touring Car Championship(ITCC) – new for 2012
International Formula 3 Grand Prix Macau – since 1983
ATS German Formula 3 – until 2005 and since 2007
FIA Formula 2 Championship – new for 2012
Japanese Formula 3 – since 2011
ADAC GT Masters new for 2012 .

They are always looking at ways of improving their products for the safety of the man in the street with his normal every day model of car and all this is done through the participation of Yokohama Motorsport Tyres.

Yokohama Tyres UK are also well known for their use of its “environmental orange oil technology” in the production of  making them more ecological and providing an amazing fuel saving performance in its range of Blu-Earth and Motorsport . This new range is the Advan range and is one of most ECO friendly tyres out at the moment, giving the tyre much

Yokohama Motorsport Tyres,World Touring Car Championship

World Touring Car Championship (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

improved cornering and handling at high speed and is also a very lightweight tyre, with very high environmental attributes.

More reading…

“OE tires are also designed with a specific performance in mind. This could be high-performance handling, for example, to complement a sports car. Other vehicles might have been originally built with a focus on fuel efficiency such as in the case of hybrids. Buying OE as a replacement tire means the consumer can stay true to what the OE manufacturer had in mind when they built the vehicle.”… http://www.moderntiredealer.com/news/story/2012/11/oe-or-replacement-yokohama-breaks-it-down.aspx

This article was compiled by Eric Robertshttps://www.pellonautocentre.com/yokohama.htm


Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Budget Car Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyresafe.

CAR TYRE SAFETY-www.tyresafe.org – Meet The McIntyre’s tyre promotional cartoon characters

CAR TYRE SAFETY

CAR TYRE SAFETY;Tyresafe are number one for promoting car tyre safety

CAR TYRE SAFETY

CAR TYRE SAFETY; TyreSafe UK logo

Consequently, Pellon tyres are very proud to be members of “Tyresafe. org”. A huge part of the UK Tyre Industry . Therefore, in my opinion they are the number one organisation. Especially, here in the UK. As a result, for the promotion of CAR TYRE SAFETY. Together with, all the safety aspects concerning the Tyre Safety Regulations.Hence, that can possibly be ascertained from tyres and safety on our roads.

A visit to their web-site is a must for all motorists. Undoubtedly, for great advice about everything to do with tyres here in the UK. Even more, all the website content is constantly refreshed. Therefore, to give constant updates about trucks, vans  and car tyres. Furthermore, the latest video about a family of crash test dummies. Called the “McIntyre’s”. Explains about what motorists should do. Thus, to check their tyres at regular intervals. Also, how to check the pressures correctly, this is clear and precise CAR TYRE SAFETY advice to all motorists and is a must to watch.

More reading from Tyresafe …

“Correct pressure, adequate tread depth and tyres which are in a good condition are vital to your CAR TYRE SAFETY on the road. Taking just a few minutes to regularly check these items can ensure you arrive at your destination safely. What’s more, these checks are essential to ensure you stay on the right side of the law and avoid fines of up to £2,500 and 3 penalty points for each illegal tyre” http://www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/meet-the-mcintyres  

This article was compiled by Eric Roberts… www.pellonautocentre.com

Eric Roberts

Pirelli Winter Tyres

Goodyear Tyres Early Days-How things were In the nineties.

Goodyear Tyres Early Days

Goodyear Tyres Early Days- no longer number one in 1990.

So, in 1990 the French company Michelin tyres. Bought out another tyre company called BF Goodrich tyres of America.This was a good acquisition for Michelin because Goodrich had previously merged with Uniroyal tyres. So making a massive tyre manufacturing conglomerate.

of course, in Goodyear tyres early days. Consequently, Firestone tyres and General tyres had suffered declining sales volumes. Subsequently, at the hand of Goodyear tyres dominance. Especially, in the radial tyre market. Firestone were taken over by Bridgestone tyres of Japan.

GOODYEAR TYRES Early Days

The famous Goodyear Eagle emblem

 General  were bought out by Continental  of Germany.

Due these amalgamations. These bigger companies had now grown into the same size as Goodyear tyres. So,  having an impact on Goodyears sales. Goodyear, had their fingers in other non-tyre ventures. Including the “All American Pipeline”. This company was producing operational losses and was costing Goodyear over $3 billion of debt. However, Goodyear tyres were slow to react and make changes . Resulting in the appointment of a Mr C Gault as chairman of the company.

Goodyear tyres were now suffering. Consequently, between 1989 and 1991 they shed over 12000 jobs, 10% of its workforce. Redundancies came mainly from the white collar section of the workforce. The giant tyre company also set about restructuring its factories with some closures and others being modified, this reconstruction of the company was estimated to save Goodyear tyres over $250 million a year in savings.

Goodyear tyres believed adamantly in the research and development programs

Of course, they kept up the spending on new tyre development. Something that GOODYEAR TYRES  were very passionate about. The company started to bring out new products on the back of these new developments. Passionately, new tyres began to emerge. First ones been the The Goodyear Eagle GT and the Eagle GA. I remember these tyre well, they were modeled for the more luxury cars in the early nineties. These new products helped Goodyear tyres to regain the market share that they lost to the Michelin group and in 1992 they restructured their debts to a more manageable amount of around $1.5 billion.

 Another great new tyre to come out of Goodyear tyres in the early nineties

 Of course, was the “Aqua tread”, which was an all season tyre sold around the World and will be remembered by older drivers. The new tyre was launched simultaneously across the globe. I remember attending the Goodyear tyres launch on their test track in Luxembourg and the tyre became a huge success.GOODYEAR TYRES Early Days

the excellent Goodyear efficient grip tyre  Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension