With so many tyres to choose from, it is sometimes difficult to know which one is right for you and your vehicle, which is why magazine or motoring organisation awards are so highly valued.
The latest one we have picked up on goes to Nexen, the South Korean tyres manufacturer, who achieved an impressive third place for its eco-friendly tyre range in the Auto Express ‘Big Tyre Test 2012’.
On two assessments (wet handling and curved aquaplaning), the Nexen N’Blue HD came second overall, with the overall result pleasing engineers and managers alike. It was the first time that Nexen has participated in this test.
Auto Express selected eight tyres among the many makes available on the UK market (in UK’s top-selling size 205/55R16) and subjected them to nine assessments, with the winner in each test scoring 100 per cent, and the other seven tyres marked down accordingly.
Joo Ho Song, Head of Nexen Tire Europe, said: “We are delighted to have received such an accolade, as we were asked to participate in this kind of test for the first time: in the development of the HD tread, a particular focus was placed on safety, handling and optimum driving.
“Auto Express’s results confirm Nexen Europe’s belief that the eco-friendly product group ‘Nexen N’Blue’ meets and exceeds European customers’ requirements. We were up against the very best of European competition.”
Auto Express commented that the Nexen N’Blue HD felt “strong on the wet circuit and …gave a secure feel overall. It also took a podium position in the critical wet braking test.” The magazine concluded: the N’Blue HD is “competitively priced, and a great debut for Nexen. This tyre seems to love wet roads.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office