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New Michelin CrossClimate tyres are ‘game-changer’ for fleets, says ATS

The firm – part of the Michelin Group – says the new tyres will be ideally suited to the UK fleet sector, where unexpected weather changes and occasional snowfall can cause havoc for company car drivers – resulting in costly business interruption, reduced mobility, plus an increased risk of accidents.

The company reports that whilst take-up of cold weather tyres has been high amongst blue light, utilities and home delivery vehicle operators, a much smaller percentage of company car drivers have committed to changing tyres between seasons.

Peter Fairlie, group sales director of ATS Euromaster, said: “Fitting Michelin CrossClimate tyres will become a simple step businesses can take to significantly improve mobility, safety and duty of care year-round, without any of the perceived hassles associated with fitting two different sets of tyres.

“We’re confident our customers will be as excited in this new tyre technology as we are. CrossClimate tyres have the potential to be a true game-changer in the marketplace.”

ATS Euromaster predicts this new generation of tyres will play a complementary role alongside existing premium brand summer and cold weather tyre ranges, giving fleets and consumers far greater choice.

Fairlie added: “Our advice to business owners where employees frequently drive in snowy and icy conditions will be to continue to fit dedicated cold weather tyres, which are designed for optimal performance in all winter conditions. The rubber compound and tyre design in premium brand winter products ensures top quality performance on roads with snow or even black ice, however, they are not suitable for driving in hot weather.

“These businesses will be able to continue taking advantage of our ‘tyre hotels’ to conveniently store out-of-season fitments.”

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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.