By Denna Bowman
Bridgestone announced it has extended its range of winter tyres with the launch of the Blizzak LM-32C designed for small and car-derived vans of up to 3 tonnes.
Compared with its predecessor LM-18C, the new tyre provides significantly stronger snow traction, better wet braking and more than 10% higher mileage.
José Enrique Gonzalez, Director of Marketing and Sales Support for Bridgestone Europe, said: “The LM-32C is responding to the current size demand and at the same time it will fit the new vehicle sizes.”
Bridgestone achieved improvements in terms of mileage and durability through the development of a new top compound, unidirectional tread pattern and new lighter construction materials.
The new top tread compound with high silica content improves both wet grip and rolling resistance, while extending wear life.
Bridgestone in-house mileage tests* show that Blizzak LM-32C provides more than 10% higher mileage than its LM-18C predecessor, with 21% improved wear on the drive axle.
Testing on Bridgestone’s European winter proving ground in Sweden (size 175/65R14C on a Citroen Berlingo) showed significant improvements in snow traction and braking, and wet braking.
The tyre, which carries winter specialist M+S markings and “snowflake” symbol, is available in 9 sizes, 14-16 inch, series 60-70, with speed symbol R and T.