Two new homologations, WINTER SOTTOZEROTM 3 and CINTURATOTM P7TM, for the new Volkswagen Passat at its Paris MotorShow debut.
NOT JUST WHEN IT SNOWS
"In any case, I only drive in the city." "This year there will not be much snow.” "I drive slowly…" These are the most common clichés used to justify not using winter tyres. Very few people know that starting at 7°C and under, even the best summer tyres gradually lose their adhesion properties, thus compromising stability, effectiven control, and braking behaviour.
Winter tyres, fitted in the Autumn, make it possible to drive with full peace of mind in all weather conditions, without having to put on chains while still retaining perfect control when it rains or snows.
Winter tyres, made with special, latest generation compounds are ideal for low-temperature use. They have a specifically designed tread, conceived to decrease aquaplaning.
The specific tread design makes it possible to decrease braking distance consistently: -10% in the rain at low temperatures and -20% on snow, compared to summer tyres.
Drivers and experts call these tyres by their English name: "winter tyres."
They are easily recognised because the wall of the tyre bears the marking M+S (Mud & Snow) and the symbol of a mountain with a typical snowflake.