Nearly one in three new cars built in Europe today leaves the factory in Continental tyres. It is no surprise, therefore, that Continental remains one of the leading brands in the replacement tyre industry.
The firm has been at the forefront of safety and research in the UK market. It has led a campaign to promote the benefits of winter tyres in cold weather. Another cause the company has promoted is the safety of replacing of tyres once their tread depth reaches 3mm, instead of the legal limit of 1.6mm. According to Continental, this means that safety, grip and braking performance are not compromised. It adds just £20 to the annual cost of motoring, which equates to just 39p per week. To see a short video about the benefits of changing tyres once their tread depth reaches 3mm, click here.
As its name would suggest, the SportContact is designed as a premium tyre. It offers excellent high-speed safety on high-performance and sports vehicles. These tyres offer excellent levels of handling and precise steering response. A unique tread design and supple compound provide excellent grip in all conditions and great performance in the wet. They are standard equipment on many Audi models and continue to score well in many industry tests. The Vmax, the top of this range, is approved for speeds of up to 225mph.
When the most recent version of the PremiumContact was launched in 2012 it won awards all over Europe. Today it remains one of the best-selling all-round tyres for large and medium-sized cars. It combines exceptional standards of comfort and safety. This tyre has a unique 3D groove tread which gives great braking performance in both wet and dry conditions. In most sizes, it scores good ratings for wet grip according to EU labelling regulations. Tyres from this range are fitted as original equipment by many manufacturers. These include Skoda, VW, Audi and BMW.
Continental’s CrossContact range caters for 4x4s and SUVs. It is available in a winter tyre format. The new CrossContact UHP (Ultra High Performance) tyre is factory-fitted to a range of vehicles. These include the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and Volvo XC90. Its predecessor, the 4x4CrossContact, is still original equipment for the VW Touareg, Range Rover Sport and Porsche Cayenne. Another option, the CrossContact AT, is a specialist tyre designed for 50% on-road and 50% off-road driving.
Continental’s EcoContact range contains fuel efficient tyres for small and compact cars. These have excellent wear properties to give high mileages, combined with low rolling resistance to reduce fuel consumption. They feature an asymmetric tread design to ensure excellent traction properties on both wet and dry roads. In both wet grip and fuel efficient tests, they consistently earn high ratings.
The company also produces the Continental WinterContact. This is an excellent all-round winter tyre which performs consistently well in many consumer tests.