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Apollo Unveils First Winter Tyres

At Auto Expo 2008 in New Delhi, India, Onkar S. Kanwar, chairman and managing director of Apollo Tyres, unveiled the company’s first winter tyres – Acelere Ice and Hawkz Ice – meant for passenger vehicles and 4x4s, making Apollo the first Indian tyre company to manufacture winter tires.

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The Ice range of winter tyres will cater to markets in Europe and North America, where consumers by law or motoring recommendation are required to switch to tyres designed to tackle sub-zero temperatures and road conditions during the winter months.

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The difference between the normal and winter tyres lie in the compounding and tread patterns used. Acelere Ice and Hawkz Ice utilize advanced sipe technology to give greater suction capability and prevent aqua-planing, providing the tyres with biting edges leading to enhanced grip, the company said. Both products were subjected to rigorous testing procedures at the Ivalo Test Track in Finland and will be launched in fall 2008.

The Ice range will provide Apollo with the ability to ensure a round-the-year total brand experience for its export market passenger and 4×4 consumers across the globe. (Tire Review/Akron) 

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