Dunlop and Continental tyres secure top honours in Auto Express tests

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The Dunlop Sport BluResponse and the ContiWinterContact TS850 tyres have been named winners in the latest eagerly awaited Auto Express Product Awards.

According to the UK’s best selling motoring weekly, the summer tyre winner, the Sport BluResponse, “has clearly been designed with EU tyre labels in mind [with highly rated fuel efficiency and wet grip characteristics]… Yet Dunlop engineers haven’t ignored other performance attributes,” with the tyre achieving “six top-three places” in the nine testing categories.

While Continental tyres took top honours in the winter tyre category, with its ContiWinterContact TS850, which was praised for its all-round ability. The popular Continental tyre was rated highly for achieving highly in the “conflicting demands” of wet grip and braking and low rolling resistance.

The results of the tyre tests carried out by product experts Henry Willis and Kim Adams are published in the latest June Special of the magazine.

Six other tyres were also commended by Auto Express – three for each of the two motoring seasons. The Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 Blue, and the Hankook Ventus Prime 2 were the runners-up in the summer tyre category, while the Nokian WR D3, the Goodyear UltraGrip 9, and the Uniroyal MS plus 77 were given the plaudits in the winter tyre category.

The Auto Express Product Awards give tyres competing in the magazine’s annual group tests, part of the magazine’s content since 1995, additional coverage. Praising the best tested products across the previous 12 months, the Awards take in a wide variety of product areas, from cleaning products to satellite navigation systems. For the 2015 awards, Auto Express trialled nearly 1,000 different products.

Kate Rock, consumer and brand PR manager for Goodyear Dunlop tyres, said: “We are thrilled that Dunlop has performed so well in Auto Express’ tests to take the 2015 Product Award for Best Summer Tyre. We truly value endorsements like this from influential magazines such as Auto Express. And, by testing this popular tyre size in a wider range of tests than those on the tyre label, we have demonstrated that while this tyre boast strong label grades, it does not compromise on other important performance criteria.”

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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