Presented in the beginning of this year, the European-type friction model Continental WinterContact TS 870 was to have appeared on the market on the threshold of the winter season 2020/2021. However, the COVID-19 outbreak altered everybody’s plans, and the tire maker decided to reschedule the launch of the new model for the next year.
The main reason for the delayed start of the sales of the WinterContact TS 870 friction tires is the pandemic-induced temporary shutdown of the European Continental plants, which led to a decrease in the production capacity. The technical expert of tiresvote.com also notes that in this situation the stocks of Continental AG plummeted down in March 2020, slashing the company’s capitalization by half.
Continental emphasizes that the owners of compact and midsize cars satisfy their needs by turning to the time-tested model Continental WinterContact TS 860, which will still be available the next winter.