"We know that many consumers make tire-purchasing decisions based on warranty and price, but tire warranties, unfortunately, do not always accurately reflect the actual wear performance of a tire," says Scott Clark, chief operating officer of Michelin North America. "Our testing shows that specific tires from several leading competitors with mileage warranties between 80,000 to 90,000 miles will have a difficult time delivering the wear-life proclaimed by their mileage warranty."
Michelin credits a commissioned third-party test for its "longest lasting" claim. The test put the Defender up against the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season tire in size 225/55R17 97H, the Continental TrueContact in size 225/55R17 97H, and the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons+ in 225/55R17 97T on a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The tire also was tested in tire 205/55R16 91H versus the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus in 205/55R16 91H tire size on a 2015 Honda Civic.
The company says advanced Michelin tire technology helps ensure the highest level of performance throughout the tire's lifespan. The new Michelin Defender complements the Defender LTX M/S introduced in 2015 with these key benefits:
Longevity: Maxtouch construction ensures that tire contact forces are evenly distributed to maximize tire life, while the Evertread compound is designed to provide durability for improved tread life.
Safety: Intellisie technology is designed to maximize the tire's biting edges for optimum all-season traction, while rain grooves evacuate water in wet conditions to prevent hydroplaning.
Comfort: Comfort control technology is designed to minimize noise and provide a smoother, quieter ride.
The new Defender will be an H speed-rated product for use in both T and H applications, which will ease confusion for consumers and dealers and increase market coverage for up to 83% of passenger vehicles in the marketplace today.
Key vehicle fitments for the product line include: Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford Focus, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Altima and Toyota Sienna.
The new Defender will be available in 12 sizes beginning in March with a total of 32 sizes available by late 2017. The manufacturer's starting suggested retail price (MSRP) is $115.
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