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Continental Van Eco Tyres-“New” Continental Tyres for Vans and Similar Vehicles

Post Updated 19th Dec 2013

Continental Van Eco Tyres;New Vanco Eco from Continental tyres improves fuel economy

Like most other tyre manufacturers Continental tyres are striving to improve their range to include much more economic and fuel saving tyres for the future. Continental Van Eco TyresIndeed Continental have just completed tests together with ford using the Continental Van Eco Tyres and achieved a much greater fuel efficiency by using this tyre , a great result for Continental tyres.

The new van tyre will have much less rolling resistance than previous van tyres , making this tyre about 4% more economical which means much less emissions. Continental tyres engineers have also designed the new tyre give car like handling by means of more comfort together with better handling on both wet and dry roads.

 Continental tyres first Vanco Eco tyre size

 The first Continental Van Eco Tyres to be made will be in the tyre size 215/75R16 com load rating 113/111 t/l. This size fits most of the popular vans around at the moment including Ford Transits,Mercedes Sprinters and VW T5 range.

Although 4% doesn’t seem a large amount of savings, you must multiply this by the total mileage that the van will do and the huge cost of the price of fuel and this will give the fleet or van owner significant savings. Here at Pellon tyres we have great respect and admiration for Continental tyres products and this new van tyre is no exception. We offer them online at www.pellonautocentre.com

Reduced fuel consumption and lower rolling resistance are the hallmarks of the new Continental Van Eco tyres for light commercial vehicles. Specially developed for vans such as the Mercedes Viano, Vito and Sprinter, Ford Transit and Volkswagen T5, Continental’s VancoEco boasts up to 30% less rolling resistance and a calculated four percent saving in fuel and emissions, than standard versions. At the same time engineers have managed to cut the braking distances on both wet and dry road surfaces making the tyre more car-like in its performance.

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies 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.

 

Continental Van Eco Tyres

Continental Van Eco Tyres;continental tyres new van tyre

Tyre Labels Regulations- Drivers are now taking more Notice of Them

Tyre Labels Regulations

Tyre Labels Regulations; New European tyre labels yet another cost to business forced onto us by Brussels

As if wasn’t enough David Cameron was telling all of us small businesses that he was going to “cut red tape”, he has imposed a new EU law onto us called a standardised consumer label so

Tyre Labels Regulations

Tyre Labels Regulations; consumersThis Michelin car tyre has a highly rated B and B ratio users. That can choose for themselves which product is for their car. “I don’t think so”. Most of my customers here at Pellon tyres in Halifax. Come to us because they trust us. How could you trust a Tyre Labels Regulations on a tyre made in China?. I suspect not. As an update, we are finding that to my surprise.

Hence, our customers are taking some notice of what the new labels are telling them. Tyre manufacturers are also trying to improve their products. Even some Cheap Car Tyre makers are bringing out products with better standards. Thus, according to the labels. In general, though it is the big tyre manufacturers that are winning. Customers look up the ratings before they buy a tyre.Therefore, it is the big boys. Such as Michelin and Continental that are having the most success.

Tyre Labels Regulations

Tyre Labels Regulations; new label (easy)

The new system is supposed to be in place for November this year(2012). As a result is intended to help the motorist to choose a rating. Naturally, that has got low emissions and dare I say it better road safety. The same Europe that allows people to sell possible killers. As a result, called “Part worn tyres”, these don’t even have to have Tyre Labels Regulations. Surprise surprise !!!.

WE will now have to have an efficiency label on tyres that display three main points, Rolling resistance, Wet grip and Fuel efficiency. The new tyre label will value from A-G, but not D.I will try to explain what each group means.

 What the new Tyre Labels Regulations means (hope you can take it in)

 ROLLING RESISTANCE

This covers A to G Dis not used, rolling resistance of the tyre and contributes most to fuel efficiency and therefore reduces CO2 emissions and also driving costs. Each letter has a difference plus or minus of 0.42 to 0.56 miles per gallon(mpg) for a car that will do 36 mpg. (I hope you are still paying attention)

WET GRIP

“Wet grip is what it says on the tin” how good is the car at stopping in wet driving conditions and is expressed as the “stopping distance”. The letters used for this are A to G not using D or G, (are you still awake), the stopping distance between 3 and 7 feet when you brake hard at 50 mph. We have had this measured on our forecourt now for five years and no one has ever tried it out yet.

NOISE

The noise that the tyre makes,(nothing to do with our lousy road surfaces its the tyres fault) and is measured in decibels. The more black bars on your Tyre Labels Regulations, the noisier the tyre tread is.

In my opinion, this is more red tape from Brussels, and I will stress that the customer should take advice from his local dealer.

Tyre Labels Regulations

Tyre Labels Regulations

Tyre Labels Regulations; New tyre label on an Avon tyre 225/45×17

As an update to the tyre label introduction, i must say that I am pleasantly surprised to see that the motoring public is now showing lots of interest in these names and they are influencing the purchasing decisions of the tyre buying public, I hold my hands up, and I was WRONG?

For more information, please click the link  http://www.etrma.org/

 

 

 Eric Roberts

Goodyear Tyres winner-The Excellent “Efficient Grip” another great tyre product from Goodyear Tyres.

Goodyear Tyres winner

Goodyear Tyres winner; has launched its new tyre, the “Efficient Grip”.

 Pellon Tyres and Autocentre are very impressed with this new product. Which is the latest from Goodyears long line of great tyres? Naturally, will prove another Goodyear Tyres winner.

Goodyear started out making one of the first steel radials, the “G8”.Consequently, this was an effort to catch up with another leading tyre manufacturer.As expected, Goodyear began having problems. Thus, in the structure of the steel belt. Indeed had many tyre failures. Thus causing many tyres to be recalled. Because of faults on the protective coating of the steel belt wires.

Goodyear overcame the problems. As a result, the next generation from Goodyear was the G800+s. So, also this tyre had teething problems.But these were overcome. Goodyear regained its reputation as a world leader in the manufacturing. As expected, this was followed by many other tyre types. All with improvements in tread design. Indeed Goodyear was the first to create tread patterns.Hence to combat aquaplaning, on wet roads.

Aquaplaning is the thin layer of water. That forms between the tyre tread and the road surface.Thus causing the driver to lose control of his vehicle.Especially in very wet driving conditions. Goodyears  NCT range was designed to combat aquaplaning. Made public with a massive, extensive advertising campaign. Asa result, Goodyear were the leaders in World tyre sales.

New models followed.So, the next series were to be the Eagle range.Therefore, there is no doubt that Goodyear have always been at the forefront of tyre technology and innovation. They are World leaders all the way in tyre design.Thus, keeping up with the new speed and road conditions.Of course, that confronted designers all over the world.

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 The latest arrival to Goodyear Tyres winner innovations is the new Efficient Grip tyre.

Eric Roberts

 

Tyre Pressures are very important for your Caravan or Motorhome

Check the Tyre Pressures of your caravan-Motorhome

Many thousands of people will be getting their caravans and motorhomes ready for the British bank holiday season starting this year with the Easter holiday. This is time when thousands of holiday makers will be checking their tyres and tyre pressures, ready for their first trips away.

We do this every year ,even though we know that we will be stuck in massive traffic jams and hold ups, wherever we go, but especially to the coast. Never the less we do it every year, we Brits yearn to get away over the bank holiday period and the adjoining school holidays.

What we do not all do is to check our tyres and Tyre Pressures ? You would think that it was common sense, but many set off and do not think anything about it. These are the ones that we see on the hard shoulder of the motorway or the grass verge, changing a flat tyre or a blown out tyre on their caravan. The worse culprits seem to be the guys who are going camping and towing a little trailer. These small trailers are usually fitted with 400×8 trailer tyres, similar to wheel barrow tyres. Because they are so small, it is imperative that you inflate them to the correct

tyre pressures

the correct tyre pressures are very important

Tyre Pressures for carrying the weight that you have in the trailer, this will usually be the highest pressure for this type trailer.

I have seen hundreds of these trailers parked up with a wheel missing because of the tyre blown out and the owner not having a spare the same size. If you use this type of vehicle, then you must carry a spare wheel, if you are doing sixty mile an hour and you have a puncture in one of these trailers, then the small tyre will simply disintegrate, because of its small size and the weight that it is carrying, so a spare wheel is a necessity. Also make sure that you are buying a spare wheel for a trailer, these are usually a six ply tyre that are made for highway and NOT a wheel barrow tyre. I have mentioned this because many people make this huge mistake, we have seen this many times.

This is also a important thing to think about when buying a new tyre for a caravan or mobile home. Make sure that you buy the right tyre that has the correct weight carrying loads; It should tell you what tyres to use in the hand book or make sure that you fit the same tyres as your vehicles original equipment.

In the motor homes the tyres are usually of a higher ply rating than normal car tyres. As we all know some of these vehicles are massive even as big as a double decker bus, so it is very important to get the exact tyres with correct ply rating and load rating, in my opinion it is always best to fit the exact same tyres, even the same makes of tyres, as your original equipment. This will ensure your safety and probably your fuel consumption. I know that our customers are on a tight budget but in this instance buying cheap tyres is not an option, if the vehicle is fitted with Michelin tyres then replace them with exactly the same using the same tyre pressures and them unless you are really unlucky you should have a problem free journey as far as your tyres are concerned.

As I have said earlier fuel consumption is very important for the motor home as some of these vehicles will only do about fifteen to twenty mile to the gallon. So having the correct tyre pressures will help to maintain the correct mileage performance. How it works is that if your tyres are under inflated then your vehicle engine has to work much harder to drive along. This is known as “ROLLING RESISTANCE”

Also a good tip is to check your tyre pressures when the tyres are cold and also make sure that you have a valve cap fitted, to ensure that the valve does not leak and reduce your tyre pressures.

You should always know what the weight limit is for your type of vehicle and do not exceed these recommendations. Also spread out the weight throughout the vehicle, this will

tyre pressures

A gauge like this one always comes in handy for keeping an eye on your tyre pressures

maximise the stability of the total unit, we have all followed caravans that are swerving about doing sixty mph on the motorway, it is also illegal and dangerous.

Another really important point that is sometimes overlooked is to keep a spare wheel for your caravan or camping trailer. Also try it on the vehicle before you set off on your journey; we have had to help many caravan owners who were stuck on the M62 motorway because their spare wheel did not fit. They may look the same, but they could have different stud holes and offsets, so try them out before you travel on a journey…See more at: http://tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/caravan-tyre-safety/advice-and-information#sthash.CzT5oBqU.dpuf

Have a safe and care free holiday

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, 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 Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

pirelli winter tyres

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres-Really Worth Considering for the Harsh Yorkshire Winters

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres

Michelin also makes Michelin Alpin 5 Winter tyres

I was thinking that it is a good time to write this post about winter tyres when the winter is just a few months away and we did not have much snow this time last year  (at least not in Yorkshire UK). But we are Michelin Alpin 5only two months from next winter? So, (what the heck).

We find that more and more of our regular customers are now buying these tyres.  So many in fact that we decided a few years ago when we had our first cold and snowy winter, that we would start a “tyre hotel”. This is where the customer buys a set of winters and we fit the   Winter Car Tyres  and store the summer ones until the spring and then change the tyres over again. We charge for this service, but the tyres will last then three or even four winters, depending on the make and quality.

Michelin Alpin 5 winter tyres

This has always been a grey area to me? Which make of tyre do you recommend do you go for best which in my opinion would be the Yokohama winter tyre range, the Bridgestone Blizzac or the Michelin Alpin series including the new Michelin Alpin 5

 Michelin Tyres UK is probably the Worlds most respected tyre makers and like most French companies always bring French flair into the design process. This new Michelin Alpin 5 is

Michelin Alpin 5

Michelin’s involvement in motorsport helped in the development of the Alpin winter tyres

no exception to the rules. France has many mountain ski resorts Snow Tyres and the Michelin winter tyres are well tested and designed to give the French tyre buying public a no choice option, the French love to buy home brand products, as any visitors to France will not fail to observe the amount of French made cars that they buy and it is the same with other products.

Going back to the Dark Age’s winter tyres were chunky things with loads of tread rubber and were very noisy. Only rich people could afford them because they had to have them fitted to go abroad (mainly France) on skiing holidays. Because of the heavy tread patterns, the tyres were very noisy and no good for travelling at speed on motorways. Tyre manufacturers began to refine these tyres as our cars became faster and more motorways were being built across the whole of Europe.

Drivers in Germany would set off skiing for a long weekend in their BMW’s and Mercedes.

travel down the Autobahn (German Motorway) at 100 mph+ and then go up the mountains of Austria and France for a weekends skiing. It was clear that a different type of winter tyre had to be developed to cope with this new type of driving experience. Michelin developed the Michelin Alpin 5 and other tyre makers followed. They used different compounds (silicas were added) and included thousands of small slits in the pattern design, known as (Sipes) .

These sipes did two things scattered the snow, mud and water and made the tyre much quieter to drive on and therefore a more comfortable drive at speed on the motorways in winter.

This is where Michelin winter tyres are the leaders.

The new Alpin 5, has been even more improved to give even more driver comforts when using their cars in the winter months whatever the weather throws at them.

 The studies conducted by the Traffic Accident Research Chair of Dresden University in Germany (VUFO)*, European motorists drive mainly on cold roads in winter, whether dry or wet, but do not have to deal with snow very often, although since the report we have experienced an increase in colder weather and more snowfall. The report showed that 92% of accidents occurred on dry or wet roads and the remaining 8% on icy or snow covered roads. This where the winter tyre gives the motorist protection in winter with winter tyres fitted to their cars, they are more protected even on wet roads with winter tyre fitted.

Eric Roberts

Michelin Bikes radial tyres-have been developed for superbikes

Michelin Bikes radial tyres

NEW DELHI: Michelin Bikes radial tyres-French tyre major Michelin tyres is looking to have a bigger play in the Indian two-wheeler market for which it is expanding its product portfolio.

 

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Michelin tyres are always at the frontier of tyre development now the Michelin Bikes radial tyres.

The development of these Michelin Bikes radial tyres, event does not surprise me in the least. In all my years in the tyre trade, Michelin tyres have been at the forefront of tyre development. The main goal of the tyre manufacturers at the moment, is to produce tyres that are much lighter and at the same time use new materials that make the products more environmentally friendly.

The main goal is to reduce the rolling resistance of tyres in general. This means that energy needed to move a car forward is reduced, this makes the car more fuel efficient,

Michelin Bikes radial tyres

Michelin Tyres UK vintage poster

due to the design and construction of the tyres and this together with other  factors in a cars design makes the car far more fuel efficient and there for greener in the eyes of the consumer.

All this new development is carried out by working together with car manufacturers to develop a tyre that is best suited to the car that is been designed. This is one of the reasons that of late cars a coming onto the market with different sizes and aspect ratios than ever before, in my opinion making the job for us as tyre retailers much more interesting.

The giant French company has also being busy developing other tyre products such as a new run-flat tyre for cars. This is known as the zero pressure tyre or the ZP. It is different to the other makes of run-flat tyres because it drives with the same characteristics as a normal radial tyre. The other makes of run-flat tyres are a very hard ride, due to the very stiff re-enforced sidewalls, but the new Michelin Bikes radial tyres have used different compounds and are a normal ride compared to other makes of 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. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies 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.

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Michelin Tweel Tyre- 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:

is this any relation to the Tweel from Michelin tyre

When I first saw this post i thought that the prototype Michelin tyre called the Michelin Tweel Tyre 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, 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, 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 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

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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. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies 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.