May 2, 2006

Michelin launches new crossover vehicle tire

Greenville, South Carolina – Michelin has announced the introduction of its Latitude Tour HP all-season tire, intended to combine a smooth ride with the durability of light truck and SUV tires. The new tire is intended for the latest generation of crossover and luxury sport utility vehicles.

The tire combines two types of rubber compounds in the tread, with maximized grip in the outer tread area and a centre tread area formulated for foul weather performance. Off-road capability is provided by Michelin’s patented Filament at Zero technology, which uses aramid nylon, used in bulletproof vests, for reinforcement in key tread areas. The Latitude Tour HP is available in fifteen dimensions for 17- to 22-inch rim diameters, including popular replacement sizes for the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and R-Class.

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