Princebuild to fit new Michelin CrossClimate 2 all-season tyres 04 November 2021

Princebuild has become one of the first fleets in the UK to begin fitting Michelin’s new generation CrossClimate 2 all-season tyres to its company vans and cars. The Peterborough-based construction and property maintenance specialist has been fitting CrossClimate+ and Agilis CrossClimate tyres to its 145 company cars and vans respectively for the last three years.

The CrossClimate 2 will now gradually replace CrossClimate+ fitments as wear dictates. Key features include advanced compounds and tread, with stepped sipes, which reduce rolling resistance and prolong tyre life.

Jonathan Brown, fleet and facilities executive manager at Princebuild, explains: “The fact the CrossClimate family of tyres are so well suited to the UK climate really works in our favour. They perform fantastically in the dry and wet, and in the event we get snow or ice our drivers can keep mobile. They really notice the improved grip.”

Princebuild specifies Michelin all-season tyres as original equipment where possible – and always as replacements. The tyres are fitted by a combination of ATS Euromaster and Kwik-Fit, and the firm reports getting great mileage performance.

The introduction of CrossClimate 2 tyres is expected to prolong tyre life for Princebuild even further, meaning tyres can be changed less frequently and only at the end of their working life.

Extending replacement intervals means less raw materials are needed and less waste is produced, whilst the new tyre’s enhanced rolling resistance - it is rated ‘B’ for rolling resistance under EU tyre labelling in the majority of dimensions - will help to cut CO2 emissions, since less fuel is being used.

In rolling resistance tests conducted in August 2020 on a machine by Applus+ IDIADA, at Michelin's request on dimension 205/55 R16 94V XL resulted in figures of 7.3kg/t for Michelin CrossClimate 2 versus 8.2kg/t for Michelin CrossClimate+.

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