By Alex Kapadia
The Goodyear Dunlop tyres portfolio scooped a clutch of awards and praise in the latest tests by ADAC, the German Automobile Association.
Tyres from the Goodyear, Dunlop and Fulda brands were all singled out for hours and commendations in the highly regarded 2009 summer tyre test.
Mark Davison, Sales & Marketing Director said, “The huge efforts made in the field of development have once again been richly rewarded with these results. We will be circulating these results to our customers in the months to come, by way of our planned communication strategies.”
The highlights of the test featured the new Goodyear OptiGrip tyre, the Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response and the Fulda Carat Progresso.
The new Goodyear OptiGrip made an inspiring debut and achieved the best overall result in Germany’s most important size — 205/55R16.
It achieved top marks in the wet and the scored highest in the fuel-consumption and wear-and-tear categories, which the tyres firm puts down to its ‘double-layer groove compound and tread that forms new ribs as mileage increases’.
Fulda, which competes in the highly competitive middle price range, achieved first-place ranking with its Carat Progresso in the popular 14-inch size — 185/60R14.
This result placed the Fulda tyre in front of numerous premium-segment competitors. On a scale from 1 for excellent to 6 for failed, the Carat Progresso scored a 2.0 for driving performance on dry roads and a 1.8 for wet performance.
Finally, the performance of Dunlop’s SP Sport Fast Response in dry conditions earned led judges to award it a rating of ‘recommendable,’ moving it into one of the top positions in the test.