The new Nokian WR G2 SUV was developed with the needs of European SUV drivers in mind. When designing this high-performance winter tyre. Nokian Tyres’ winter experts focused on consumer wishes. Special attention was paid to the tyres’ handling properties, particularly at high speeds and on all kinds of road surfaces. The Nokian WR G2 SUV is excellent for driving on snowy roads and bare asphalt at high speeds. The tyre’s excellent slush properties have not been achieved by sacrificing other basic features of a good, balanced winter tyre.
The Nokian WR G2 SUV is not afraid of water: it holds its grip, remains stable and stops precisely on wet and watery surfaces. Thanks to the splined centre rib, the Nokian WR G2 SUV rolls sensitively and easily. Lightly rolling tyres consume less fuel, which, consequently, reduces CO2 emissions.
A stable tyre with a good grip on snowy, wet and dry surfaces The slush grip of the new product is based on new technical ideas and innovations: the slush edge, an asymmetrical tread design and polished grooves. The new innovation, the power on/off stabiliser, enhances the safety and driving properties of the tyre in all situations, especially during rapid acceleration. The rubber compound of the Nokian WR G2 SUV combines silica and plant-based canola oil, which is derived from a natural raw material. This compound improves the tyre’s wet properties and handling properties. The natural oil provides improved resistance to tear and better grip in cool weather.
Efficient wet grip when braking The outermost sipe on the tyre shoulder is a completely straight zigzag sipe. Optimised for SUV use, this siping provides good snow grip.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.
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