Michelin explains the new European tire labeling regulation

November 1, 2012: The new European tire labeling regulation – EU 1222/2009 - goes into effect.

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1 out of 5
Tires account for one tank of fuel consumed out of five. With each rotation of the wheel, a tire is deformed when it comes into contact with the road. As its structure is deformed, the tire heats up and some of the energy is lost. Reducing this heat build-up makes it possible to lower fuel consumption and, consequently, greenhouse gas emissions. The tire-related force that impedes a vehicle’s forward movement is called “rolling resistance.”
View the tire energy efficiency test video

1 millisecond
The tire is the vehicle’s only point of contact with the road. At 80 km/h, it has less than 1 millisecond to guide the vehicle, accelerate or brake. The tire is an important vehicle safety component. Its purpose is to grip the road, regardless of the condition of the pavement (deteriorated or well-paved), the road configuration (straight or curved) or the weather conditions (dry or rainy).
View the wet pavement braking distance test video

Environmental noise
Traffic noise is an auditory nuisance. For a vehicle moving at a constant speed of 80 km/h, the noise generated by the tire rolling on the road is generally superior to engine noise. This rolling noise depends on the type of tires as well as on the road surface.
View the environmental noise test video

What the label says

European tire labels provide information on three types of performance:
- Tire energy efficiency
€300* is the reduction in fuel costs for a vehicle fitted with A-rated tires compared with one equipped with G-rated tires.
*Based on savings of 200 liters of fuel (at €1.50 per liter) over a distance of 40,000 km.
- Braking distance on wet pavement
16 meters is the reduction in braking distance for a vehicle travelling at 80 km/h and equipped with A-rated tires compared with one fitted with F-rated tires.
- Tire noise levels
A tire with one wave is only half as noisy as a tire with two waves**.
**Noise is measured on a vehicle traveling at 80 km/h with the engine switched off.

Michelin’s solutions with regard to the labeling system

Michelin tires deliver superior overall performance regardless of their type.

76% of the European summer passenger car and light truck market** is covered by MICHELIN tires rated both B or C in energy efficiency and A or B in wet braking.

More than 90% of the European summer passenger car and light truck market** is covered by MICHELIN tires rated A or B in wet braking.
**Sources: European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association, 2010 / Lizeo Online Media Group, September 2012. Percentages based on tire volumes.

The tires in the MICHELIN Primacy 3 range are rated A in wet braking for all sizes.

Tires in the MICHELIN ENERGY Saver + are rated either B or C in energy efficiency, depending on their size.

100% of summer tires comply with future limits on external rolling noise that will come into effect on November 1, 2016 (two waves maximum).

Beyond the labeling system

Michelin provides motorists with tires that deliver enhanced performance in other areas as well. That’s the MICHELIN Total Performance strategy.

MICHELIN tires do not require the user to sacrifice one area of performance for another. They enhance safety by providing superior grip in all driving conditions, on dry and wet pavement and on straights as well as curves. And because MICHELIN tires are highly energy efficient, they also generate savings by reducing fuel consumption.

Users can also rely on the greater total mileage that MICHELIN tires deliver. While this area of performance is not covered by the labeling regulation, it is a key concern of consumers and has a direct impact on their budgets.

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