Recently in the German city of Hanover, the eagerly awaited results of the summer tyre tests carried out by leading motoring organisations in the northern European region which encompasses countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland have now been released to the public. These results have revealed that both the ContiSportContact™ 3 in the test size of 225/45 R 17, and the ContiPremiumContact™ 2 in the smaller size of 185/65 R 15, were rated as ‘highly recommended’.
These tyres are suitable for a whole range of cars from the Golf class right up to the closely watched and followed dedicated sports car level. The test featured a total of 36 tyre models, but only five made the ‘highly recommended’ grade. Seven tyres in all were rated as ‘not recommended’, with four of these bearing the M+S symbol, despite being suitable for summer use only.
The testers praised the Continental summer tyres above all for their “extremely balanced driving performance on dry roads and their positive characteristics in the wet.” When it came to assessing their driving characteristics on dry roads, both tyres came tops.
The experts also gave the Uniroyal and Semperit (Yes! This is an actual name for a tyre no matter how funny it sounds) summer tyres good marks, whereby the Uniroyal RainSport 2, size 225/45 R 17, was rated as ‘highly recommended’. In the smaller tyre size the Semperit Comfort-Life – which also falls into the category of so-called ‘quality brands’ – was ‘recommended’. The new Barum Brillantis 2 made a successful debut – this dedicated tyre for small and compact cars from the budget tyre brand Barum was also rated as ‘recommended’ in its first test.
With sales of approximately €20 billion in 2009 Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs approximately 138,000 in 46 countries.
The Passenger and Light Truck Tires division develops and manufactures passenger car and light truck tires for compact, medium-size and full-size cars as well as tires for 4×4, vans and light trucks. The division produces tires under the brand names of “Continental”, “Uniroyal” (except in the NAFTA region, Columbia and Peru), “Semperit”, “Barum”, “General Tire”, “Euzkadi”, “Viking”, “Gislaved”, “Mabor”, “Matador”, “SIME Tyres” and, in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, “Dunlop”. The Passenger and Light Truck Tires division also includes the two-wheel business, motorcycle and bicycle and the retail tire companies with more than 2,200 specialty tire outlets and franchises in 13 countries.
Text: Azdee Amir Pix: Various Sources