Following last year’s premier in the North America, Michelin is officially launching on the European Market the new Michelin CrossClimate 2 model, which in Central Europe will be positioned as an all-season tire, and in the Nordic climate as a tire with an extended spring and autumn operation period, yet not a full-fledged replacement for winter tires.
«Since its launch, the original Michelin CrossClimate has had a radical effect on the European All-Season tire market, which has since enjoyed annual growth in excess of 19% in addition to being the only segment to have kept growing during lockdown," commented Scott Clark, executive vice-president, automotive, motorsport and member of the Michelin Group executive committee. «Over the next five years, it is expected to expand at a rate of more than 16% per year. Safer, longer-lasting and more economical, the Michelin CrossClimate 2 is a further illustration of the Group’s All-Sustainable strategy.»
The CrossClimate 2 incorporates an innovative combination of advanced technologies that affect all its components, especially the compound and the tread. The manufacturer claims that the new-generation tread compound with a high content of silica adapts to the changing road conditions in the dry, rainy, or snowy weather, while the V-shaped tread design efficiently evacuates water from the contact area of both new and used tires thanks to the water evacuation grooves widening towards the shoulders.
According to Michelin’s new philosophy, the tires «keep up maximum performance down to the minimum legal tread depth, and this means that they can be replaced less frequently, which ensures numerous benefits." In addition, the new model has a lowered rolling resistance that cuts down fuel consumption, while the increased tread life boosts the tire’s attractiveness in terms of value for money.
At the first stage, the line will include more than 105 sizes with fitting diameters ranging from 15 to 20 inches, and 65 new sizes will increase market coverage by 40% compared to CrossClimate+. The new tires will be produced at facilities in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.