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Goodyear’s UltraGrip 8 continues to set the standard for winter tires

UltraGrip 8
Four independent tests agree on tire’s solid ability to stick to the road
Four independent tests run by leading car magazine Auto Motor und Sport, ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club), Germany's largest automobile club and its Austrian counterpart ÖAMTC (Österreichische Automobil-, Motorrad- und Touring Club) have revealed that Goodyear’s UltraGrip 8 is a force to be reckoned with in wet, icy and snowy conditions. The tests support similar conclusions drawn by independent tests earlier this year in Germany’s AutoZeitung and GTÜ magazines and Finland’s1.
UltraGrip 8
UltraGrip 8, recently launched by Goodyear, is the latest model in the company’s advanced winter tire offering. The new UltraGrip 8 is the first directional tire using patented 3D-BIS (Block Interlocking System) Technology™ throughout the entire tread pattern. It offers more grip, shorter braking distances and improved handling. In some situations, one meter shorter braking distance can make a big difference.
Auto Motor und Sport2 tested Goodyear’s 205/55R16 91H, UltraGrip 8 tire in a test comparing it to 13 competitors using a Volkswagen Passat. As test winner it received the publications top rating in the category and was quoted as having no real weaknesses, being very good in all snow and wet criteria.
ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club), Germany's largest automobile club, also tested the UltraGrip 8 using a Skoda Octovia on 195/65 R 15 91T sized tires3 and on a Ford Fiesta using 175/65 R 14 82T sized tires . Both tests gave Goodyear’s winter tires high marks with the 195/65 R 15 91T sized tires receiving a “Good”4 recommendation, with tests revealing good dry handling, aquaplaning and snow traction and the 175/65 R 14 82T sized tires given a ‘”satisfactory” rating for its solid curved aquaplaning, efficient fuel consumption abilities and solid mileage.
Austrian Automobile club ÖAMTC also tested the company’s UltraGrip 8 tires, giving the 195/65R15 91T sized UltraGrip 8 a “Very recommendable” status and the 175/65R14 82T sized tire a “Recommendable” rating5.
“Our UltraGrip 8 winter tire continues to prove its worth, and not because we think so, but because an increasing number of independent experts continue to discover its strengths, on both wet and snow road surfaces”, states Fabien Desarcon, Goodyear’s Marketing Manager EMEA for winter tires. “It is a clear recognition that UltraGrip 8 is increasingly being seen as one of the best tires on the market today”.

For more information on UltraGrip 8, please visit the product page.

1Tests held by the indicated magazines on 205/55R16 91H UG Tires in September 2011. AutoZeitung tests are available via http://www.autozeitung.de/reifentest/winterreifen-test-205-55-r-16-h-14-reifen-im-vergleich, GTÜ tests are available via http://www.gtue.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=45080, Tuulilasi magazine tests, ed. 13/2011.
2Auto Motor und Sport, issue 21/2011, pp. 128-133.
3ADAC test issued online on September 22nd, 2011. http://www.adac.de/infotestrat/tests/reifen/winterreifen/2011_195_65_R15_details.aspx?testId=104&recordId=2322http://www.adac.de/infotestrat/tests/reifen/winterreifen/2011_175_65_R14_details.aspx?testId=102&recordId=2310
4 ADAC has changed the wording of the evaluation: "good" is the formerly "very recommendable", "satisfactory" is the formerly "recommendable"
5ÖAMTC rating published online on September 19th, 2011