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Michelin launches Pilot Sport 4 tyres for high-end company vehicles

The Pilot Sport 4 tyres are inspired by the company’s motorsport pedigree and are aimed at executive fleet drivers.

Andy Fern, Michelin’s head of fleet, said: “Pilot Sport 4 tyres are ideally suited to the larger, more powerful diesel and hybrid passenger vehicles increasingly operated by fleets around the country. With high levels of engine torque, larger rim diameters – often over 17 inches – advanced automatic gearboxes and complex electronics, these modern fleet cars need tyres that balance handling and performance, while still delivering exceptional fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions.

“That’s where Pilot Sport 4 tyres come in: the tyres leverage Michelin’s racing pedigree and experience to deliver total performance and precise control on the road, as well as a driving sensation that’s second to none.”

Featuring a highly responsive rubber compound combined with deep, wide circumferential directional grooves, the tyres are said to provide exceptional grip, braking and water dispersal, even in the wettest of driving conditions.

“Fleet drivers spend a significant proportion of their working life at the wheel, and fitting the right tyre is an important element in ensuring driver satisfaction. Of course, fitting Pilot Sport 4 tyres also offers fleets the durability, longevity, safety and reliability inherent to every Michelin tyre, as well as a low total cost of ownership,” Fern added.

Pilot Sport 4 tyres are available in sizes ranging from 17 to 18 inches, plus one additional 19-inch size – 255/35 R 19. The company expects to release further sizes in 2016 and into 2017, including additional 19-inch fitments. Approvals from major vehicle manufacturers are expected to follow throughout 2016.

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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.