Continental to launch made-in-India Generation 6 tyres for passenger vehicles

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 18 Aug 2020

Continental, the technology company and manufacturer of premium tyres, is bringing its range of Generation 6 tyres for passenger vehicles to India. The UltraContact UC6 and ComfortContact CC6 range of tyres are designed to handle challenging road conditions found across the country. 

According to Continental Tires, the UltraContact UC6 and ComfortContact CC6 have been designed based on an in-depth understanding of the needs and driving habits of the Indian consumer. Both the range of tyres are aimed to provide higher safety, low noise levels, higher mileage, robust sidewalls, improved fuel efficiency, and greater comfort.

Commenting on the new product, Claude d’Gama Rose, Head of Tires Business, Continental India, said, “Continental has a rich legacy as a premium tyre manufacturer. Our flagship range, the UltraContact UC6, and the ComfortContact CC6 are trusted by our customers worldwide for its high performance, safety, better mileage, and comfort features. With the entry of Generation 6 tyres in India, our offering in the passenger vehicle segment is well established. It gives our customers the choice to upgrade to the premium product in the market.”

The tyres will be produced at Continental’s Modipuram plant in Uttar Pradesh. which also produces bus and truck tyres. Adding his views on Continental’s localisation strategy, Claude d’Gama Rose said, “We have a strong focus for localisation of our products in India. Our philosophy ‘in the market, for the market’ complements the entire manufacturing value chain, enabling us to bring German technology for the local market.”

UltraContact UC6
According to Continental, the UC6 is perfect for consumers looking for the ‘easy’ choice and assured quality in every aspect.

This tyre is specially designed for full control on wet roads and extreme short braking distances in both wet as well as dry road conditions, without compromising on comfort, noise level, mileage, or fuel-efficiency. For added safety, aqua channel surface sipes quickly direct the water film from the tread pattern as they contact the road. On wet roads, the centre of the tyre is at the highest risk of aquaplaning. To curtail this risk, a specially developed aqua drainage elements are positioned to drain water into the tread grooves quickly.

The chamfered angle of the diamond edge in the pattern maximises the contact area of the pattern to distribute the braking forces more evenly while braking. Without this chamfer, the tread block distorts and loses some of its contact with the road. In wet conditions, the diamond edge acts as a wiper that clears the water film away from the tread blocks for short braking distances, says the tyre maker which also claims adaptive superb grip level and long mileage as other product highlights of the UC6 tyres.

The UC6 tyres are available for rims with diameters from 14 to 17 inches, covering a wide range of larger passenger car vehicle models.

ComfortContact CC6
The CC6 tyre provides superior low noise level, higher comfort, and lower rolling resistance that together enable achieving optimal fuel efficiency. Continental says it also offers better tread-life due to secure, interlocking molecular connections that resist wearing, thus improving mileage significantly compared to the previous generation of ComfortContact range.  The CC6 tyres are available for rims with diameters of 13 to 15 inches.

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