Dubbed VanContact Winter, the new tyre replaces VancoWinter 2 and has been designed to offer significantly improved fuel efficiency along with superior safety characteristics on snowy and icy surfaces and precision handling on snow-covered or wet roads.
In addition, the rolling resistance has also been reduced by 15% due to an advanced silica compound which lessens tyre deformation on entering the contact patch, thereby reducing energy loss, as well as to an improved overall design.
Meanwhile its tread compound and its optimized sipe concept bring about a 5% improvement in performance when braking on snow and 9% improvement when braking in the wet. Sinus sipes in the tread center and an interrupted sipe structure in the shoulder blocks significantly increase the number of gripping edges in the longitudinal direction. Zigzag circumferential grooves and evenly spaced snow pockets in the shoulder blocks improve the compression of snow in the grooves, making for greater grip.
The new VanContact Winter is now available in 12 sizes, with plans to further expand the product range through 2016.