By Denna Bowman
Bridgestone is celebrating a clutch of top accolades for its tyres, after scooping coveted ratings from Germany’s largest automobile club.
The eco-friendly Ecopia EP150 tyres have received the top “very recommendable” rating from the ADAC motoring organisation.
The ADAC summer tyre tests evaluated 16 leading tyre brands including the Ecopia EP150 (size 195/65 R15 on a Skoda Octavia) for the first time since its European launch in 2010.
ADAC commented that the Ecopia EP150 is “Very recommendable” and added it is “a very well balanced summer tyre; good in all safety-related criteria.”
According to Bridgestone, Ecopia tyres are designed to reduce rolling resistance without compromising grip and wet safety. The Ecopia EP150 employs the company’s proprietary NanoPro-Tech™ compound and has a 15% improved rolling resistance compared to current Bridgestone tyres of the same dimensions, making it more fuel efficient with lower CO2 output.
The ADAC tests of 195/65 R15 also included the Firestone TZ300, which competes in the mid-priced tyre segment, awarding it the “recommendable” rating with “very good on dry”.
Separate ADAC tests in a smaller size (175/65 R14T on a Ford Fiesta) included the Firestone Multihawk tyre which also received the “recommendable” rating.