The multi-award winning CrossClimate+ has secured first place in the latest Auto Express All-Season tyre test, re-affirming its position in this growing market.
The all-season tyre is ideal for motorists who do not want the hassle or expense of switching seasonal tyres, but want to enjoy the benefits of a tyre which performs better than a summer tyre in winter conditions and vice-versa.
The Michelin CrossClimate+ was pitched against seven other all-season tyres to discover which one offered the best all-year-round motoring.
Auto Express conducted its temperature-sensitive wet handling and braking tests not only in the cold, but also warmer conditions. They ventured to the Nokian tyre proving ground in Ivalo, Finland, for snow testing. Cold, wet and dry testing was assessed at Continental’s Contidrom near Hanover in Germany.
In order to identify the winner, the tyres are assessed over a number of key criteria, and while more emphasis is put on the wet performance, how they handle in snow is also considered in the overall ranking.
Auto Express commented on the Michelin CrossClimate: “All-weather performance with the least compromise on driving experience.” It awarded second place to the Goodyear 4Seasons Gen 2, with the observation: “If you need a tyre that will excel in the winter months, then look no further.” Third place went to the Nokia Weatherproof, which the Auto Express team concluded was: “Definitely the one to pick if you drive for long periods on snowy roads.”
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The Michelin CrossClimate+ has also been credited with boosting efficiency and savings for fleets. Addison Lee, the leading taxi firm, introduced a Michelin CrossClimate tyres policy across its entire fleet shortly after their launch in 2015, on the promise of increased vehicle safety and mobility in adverse conditions.
However, it recently announced that this policy has had the effect of pushing back tyre replacement intervals, reducing incidences of damage and cutting vehicle operating costs. Justin Patterson, head of operations at Addison Lee, commented: “We’re currently fitting around 5,000 fewer tyres per year than we did prior to introducing the first CrossClimate tyres.
“We initially upgraded to CrossClimate tyres to give us the reassurance of excellent traction year-round; knowing we can continue to operate in the event of snow-covered roads puts our fleet at a huge advantage over most other taxi and courier firms. The fact the tyres are also proving to be even more robust and lasting significantly longer is the icing on the cake, particularly when you multiply that benefit across a fleet of 5,500 vehicles.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office