Enhancing the mobility of utility van drivers in the most challenging winter driving conditions.
When snow, icy or wet roads and other extreme winter conditions make driving nearly impossible, drivers may have trouble maintaining control of their vehicles. To make driving safer and easier for utility van drivers in severe, challenging weather conditions, Michelin has introduced a new studded tire, the MICHELIN Agilis X-ICE North. The tire enables van drivers to safely overcome obstacles to winter driving while also generating cost savings thanks to its exceptional longevity and outstanding robustness.
The Michelin Agilis X-ICE North was developed to deliver superior performance in three key areas – safety, cost-effectiveness and robustness – with the goal of enabling utility van drivers to get where they need to go, even in the most difficult conditions, while also providing greater driving comfort.
Safer: On icy surfaces the new MICHELIN Agilis X-ICE North significantly enhances resistance to tracing and ensures progressive responsiveness, while on snow it improves traction by 25%.
More cost-effective: The studs on the MICHELIN X-ICE North last 30% longer and increase total tire mileage by 20%.
More robust: The sidewalls on the new MICHELIN X-ICE North offer the same well-known resistance as those on the MICHELIN Agilis summer tire, while also reducing the impact of curb scrapes.
The tire’s superior performance is based on a package of special technologies developed by Michelin. The MICHELIN Agilis X-ICE North’s original tread design makes the vehicle easier to control while also enhancing driving comfort. In addition to its two additional rows
of studs for better grip on ice, the tire’s three-dimensional StabiliGrip sipes provide optimal traction on wet, snowy and ice-covered surfaces. Moreover, Michelin’s Durable Contact Patch technology expands the vehicle’s footprint by putting more rubber on the road, thereby significantly increasing total mileage.
With the new MICHELIN Agilis X-ICE North, the tire maker has once again demonstrated its commitment to partnering with van drivers and utility vehicle fleet managers. As part of that commitment, the entire MICHELIN Agilis lineup has been revamped. The new summer versions were introduced in 2008, with two winter versions (studded and studless) brought to market one year later – the MICHELIN Agilis Alpin and the MICHELIN Agilis X-ICE North.
Since 1st November, 2012 all tyres made after 1st July, 2012 must show the European Tyre Label.
The European Union has developed this new provision to promote economic and ecological efficiency and ensure road safety.
Disadvantages The Tyre Label can provide an overview and give the customer more transparency, but it only covers three criteria. For an extensive evaluation of a tyre, however, far more performance characteristics are relevant. Especially in the search for suitable winter tyres the test results from different test institutions such as the ADAC are much more stringent.
We'd like to point out that it is the manufacturer that labels the tyre and provides us with this information. If you do not find the label values, either the manufacturer did not inform us of the label, or the product was manufactured before July, 2012. Before that date, tyres had not yet been required to carry a label, so in some cases it is possible to purchase a tyre without a Tyre Label.
The tyres are classified in terms of three performance characteristics:
• Fuel Efficiency (letters A to G)
• Wet Grip (letters A to G)
• External Noise
Finally, it is the driver that determines the fuel consumption. In order to reduce this over the long-term, by being careful during acceleration drivers can become more fuel-efficient and environmentally conscious.
Regularly checking tyre pressure helps to improve rolling resistance, reduces energy loss, and supports optimum adhesion in wet conditions. To reduce the risk of accidents and ensure your and the safety of other road users, always keep a reasonable distance.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/tyres/labelling_en.htm
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The classification in terms of fuel efficiency is divided into seven classes, from the A-class (the highest) to G-class (the
lowest). A tyre in the A-class consumes 0.1 litres less at 100km than a tyre in the B-class. An essential component for fuel
efficiency is the rolling resistance or rolling friction.
Rolling resistance is the force that opposes motion. It is formed, for example, when a wheel is rolling. Rolling resistance depends not only on the geometry but also on the properties of the material.
Average Average value is between C-E. Class D is not used.
It shows how efficient the vehicle can brake on wet roads. Wet grip is an important feature especially with summer tyres.
Class A has the highest safety and the shortest braking distances. Class F has low security and the longest braking distance.
The wet grip classes are based on test driving on wet roads with a speed of approximately 80 km/h. The difference between the braking distance of the tyres is 3-5 feet per grade. E.g., the difference in braking distance between Class A and Class F are up to 18 metres.
Average The average value of the tyres is between class B-E. Class D and G is not used.
The symbol indicates the external rolling noise in decibels and as a 3 class sound wave symbol to clarify whether the tire can
keep the recommended level. External rolling noise does not correspond to tyre noise inside the compartment.
A continuous sound level above 80 decibel can cause health problems.
Three sound waves symbolize the worst results. These are the tyres that exceed the maximum limit of approval. A symbol of 2 sound waves have noise level that corresponds with the approved sound level. Tyres that are marked with 1 sound wave are over three decibel quieter than the approval.