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Michelin expands CrossClimate range into LCV market

Michelin’s CrossClimate range is now available for the light truck and van sector, bringing the benefits of a summer tyre with full winter capability.

Michelin tested its Agilis CrossClimate tyre in rigorous winter conditions in the Alps and Arctic
Michelin tested its Agilis CrossClimate tyre in rigorous winter conditions in the Alps and Arctic

Launched a few years ago in the car sector, the CrossClimate range has been developed to offer safety in all weathers and long lasting performance, providing low total cost of ownership and negating the need to switch between different sets of winter and summer tyres.

This is different to an all-season tyre and means that the CrossClimate brings the advantages of a summer tyre in wet braking, dry braking, longevity and fuel efficiency, plus the advantages of a winter tyre in traction and braking for customers driving in cold or occasionally snowy conditions.

Now the firm is offering specific van and light truck versions for the first time, in line with the boom in online shopping and the growing expectation from customers for such vehicles to be operational all year round.

Inspired by the current CrossClimate+ car tyre range, the fitment uses new tread rubber and a V-shaped pattern to deliver grip in all conditions while increasing tyre life – Michelin claims it lasts 35% longer than the average lifespan of premium competitors tested.

Tested in Finland and the Alps, the Agilis CrossClimate fitment is 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snowflake) winter-certified for use on snowy roads – and the tyre is also said to perform well on muddy and grassy surface.

Jonathan Layton, Michelin’s head of fleet in the UK and Ireland, said: “The Agilis CrossClimate solves the problem of wintry conditions bringing a van or light truck fleet to its knees in the UK and Ireland.

“This is a highly capable tyre that can handle the demands of safe driving on wintry surfaces, mud and grass, but still behaves, brakes and boasts the long-lasting performance of Michelin’s summer tyre range on dry and wet roads.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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