With fuel prices predicted to rise by up to 12p a litre before Christmas and the possibility of an extra fuel tax looming, now is a good time to consider the benefits of fitting tyres that offer optimum value for money.
And this is where Michelin likes to trumpet its new Primacy 4 range, which it claims lasts an average 11,000 miles longer than tyres manufactured by direct competitors.
According to independent tests, the Michelin Primacy 4 provides a high level of performance on dry and wet roads, from the first use until worn to the 1.6mm legal wear indicator.
The Primacy 4, which took 3 years to develop, is particularly being targeted at fleets. Jonathan Layton, Head of Fleet at Michelin tyres, said: “The long-lasting performance of the Primacy 4 could lead to notable financial and environmental benefits, potentially saving a high mileage fleet vehicle a set of tyres over the life of a contract.
“The tyres are also safe when new and safe when worn, which only serves to heighten their strong appeal to the fleet market.”
As well as longevity, the Primacy 4 is a summer tyre designed and manufactured to deliver a very high level of wet grip and water clearance, even when the it is worn. This is due to its optimised tread pattern, which features squarer and less tapered grooves, along with the use of latest generation elastomers.
Based on independent wet braking testing by DEKRA with a VW Golf Mk7 running on popular 205/55 R16 size tyres, the Primacy 4 was found to brake, on average, 0.9m shorter than the average of competitor tyres. And when worn down to 2mm it was shown to come up 2.8m shorter than the average of other manufacturers’ tyres.
Layton added: “The Primacy 4 lasts an average of 11,000 miles more than our direct competitors, confirming the long-lasting performance of the new Michelin tyres. It’s another concrete demonstration of our core ethos – motorists must be able to drive safely, throughout the life of the tyre, right down to 1.6mm.”
The Michelin Primacy 4 is set to be launched in 64 sizes to fit wheels ranging from 15 to 18 inches and will be available from January 2018.
Denna Bowman, Head Office