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 has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
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