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2018 Ford Mustang GT comes with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires as standard

The new 2018 Ford Mustang GT, when equipped with its optional Performance package, will be able to produce 460 horsepower. It also comes fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that help it sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in just under four seconds.

It was earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show when we first saw the Pilot Sport 4S tires, which had been introduced as a replacement of the popular Pilot Super Sport. The tire manufacturer also said that the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires not only offer a 30,000-mile warranty, but also provide high performance grip levels in whatever road condition.

The Mustang GT Performance pack will be getting a pair of 255/40R19s up front, and a pair of 275/40R19s in the back. Ford engineers worked with Michelin to come up with this specific version of the tire.

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Infiniti Le Mans 2030 self-driving concept wins 2017 Michelin Challenge Design contest

Infiniti Le Mans 2030 Concept envisions autonomous night driving during the 24-hour race. Realistically, Le Mans could be considered as the hardest race for specialty race vehicles and production race vehicles. Quite a number of brands have boosted their image as well as credibility by taking part in this 24-hour event. As such, many car designers consider Le Mans as one of the world’s most open and relevant racing events in the world.

Thus, the theme for 2017 Michelin Challenge Design was “Le Mans 2030: Design For The Win.” This competition was conducted in collaboration with the Automobile Club l’Ouest (ACO), organizers of the Le Mans 24 Hour race. This year’s competition allows designers to present their vision of the future.

After a strenuous selection process, the jury for the 2017 Michelin Challenge Design picked the design entered by Tao Ni of Wuhu, China -- the “Infiniti Le Mans 2030.”

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Michelin wants to improve global sales of its budget tires

Michelin plans to hike the percentage accounted for by budget tires in its global sales mix from the current 15-20 percent to 25-30 percent in the next five to 10 years as the tiremaker bids to counter a surge in Chinese imports in Europe and the United States, Michelin chief executive Jean-Dominique Senard told Automotive News Europe.

The company’s entry-level tires include the Tigar, Kormoran and Riken brands, producing them at a Serbia site to be exported in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. However, almost 50 percent of all tires imported into Europe are from China, according to data from LMC Auto.

Senard remarked that growth in North America is “quite tremendous,” noting that exports to the region have tendencies to affect the price structure of the tire business. Rob Simmons, head of rubber and tire research at analysts LMC Auto, remarked the primary contributor for that growth is the surging quality of Chinese brands, which are helped by the new European labeling system that provides scores for wet braking performance, rolling resistance and noise.

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Michelin North America is recalling 1.2 million tires in the US

Michelin North America is recalling around 1.2 million tires in the United States since the tread might come apart. The recall covers some tires used as original equipment on some of Ford Motor Co.'s full-sized vans. According to Michelin, it had discovered a “tread/belt endurance” issue through warranty claims and 20 claims from consumers seeking reimbursement for damage to their vehicles.

Michelin said that there were no reports of injuries related to the issue. In a report posted on the Web site of the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Michelin said the recalled tires were designed for commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy duty vans, small recreational vehicles and some large pickup trucks.

"Several instances of tread/belt endurance issues -- exhibited as ride vibrations, irregular wear, tread loss, or rapid air loss -- were observed for the subject tire in the third quarter of 2013," Michelin told NHTSA. In a letter dated Dec. 11, 2013, to NHTSA, Michelin said that up to 100 percent of the involved tires "could be affected during service."

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Although the Carrera GT production ended back in 2006, Porsche is still taking care of the people who bought its supercar. As a result, the German manufacturer developed a new tire for the Carrera GT in partnership with Michelin. According to Porsche, the new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire enhances the handling of the Carrera GT and replaces the current Pilot Sport PS2 tire.

Moreover, the car drivers will see benefits in relation to the stability of the Porsche model at its top speed of 330 km/h, but also at high lateral acceleration speeds. Furthermore, the new structure of the tore features the Porsche specification "N0" on the sidewalls and the tread compound is based on "dual-compound" technology, same as Michelin racing tires.

What’s more interesting is that the belt is made from an especially durable mix of aramid fibers, which are five times lighter than steel but deliver the same tensile strength. Comparing it with the previous tires, fuel consumption is improved by 10 percent on normal roads and almost 20 percent on the race track. Braking performance is also improved. The new Carrera GT tires are available now in 265/35 ZR 19 98Y "N0" and 335/30 ZR 20 108Y "N0" dimensions.

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For the first half of the year, Michelin posted a 37% increase in profit as price hikes have aided in offsetting the decline in Europe’s economy and auto industry. Michelin also announced that it anticipates a full-year increase in operating income. In Friday’s statement, Michelin said that net income climbed to 915 million euros ($1.13 billion) from 667 million euros during for the same period in the previous year.

Revenue increased by 5.9% to 10.71 billion euros even with a drop in volumes, driven by price increases imposed last year. Michelin, which has its headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, central France, will be adding about one new plant every year for its expansion plans in markets like China.

Michelin, which is closely followed by Bridgestone at No. 2, is targeting a 2.5 billion-euro operating income target for 2015. Michelin released a statement to announce that sales volumes decreased by 8.3% and are predicted to fall by 3% to 5% for the full year. However, this decline will be offset by better raw materials costs and by a positive currency effect.

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BMW has confirmed that the Michelin Pilot Super Sport will be its only fitment for its new high-performance M6 coupe and convertible models. The BMW M6 was launched to the market in the summer of 2012. It will exclusively feature the advanced Michelin Pilot Super Sport, which is the product of the unique merging of three technologies -- the Twaron-reinforced belt, the Bi-Compound tread band and the Variable Contact Patch 2.0.

The Twaron belt is a high-density fibre that’s mainly used in aeronautics and protective military gear as high strength is its key feature. Twaron® offers five times more resistance than steel at equivalent weight. It’s both light and strong. Because of its variable tension, the belt is tighter in the tread area compared to the shoulders.

The centrifugal force is more effectively controlled and pressure is more evenly distributed. Bi-Compound technology, which was developed for race tires initially, makes use of various rubber compounds on the left and right sides of the tread. Its outer shoulder uses an elastomer that guarantees outstanding endurance during cornering. Meanwhile, its interior has a different elastomer that works with a special tread design to allow the tire, on wet roads, to break through the water’s surface and adhere to the slightest road irregularities.

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Michelin’s profit for 2011 increased due to the rising demand from European and U.S. truckmakers. The net income of the world's second-largest tiremaker increased by 39% to 1.46 billion euros ($1.94 billion), exceeding analysts' expectations, on a 16% boost in revenue to 20.72 billion. The improvement in profit came about even if the sales volume increased by just 6.7% last year, lower than the 8% gain that the company had predicted.

Before one-time gains and losses are considered, its operating income increased by 15% in 2011 to 1.95 billion euros, or about 9.4% of sales, compared with a 9.5% operating margin in 2010.

According to Thomson Reuters data, analysts had anticipated sales of 20.65 billion euros, 1.89 billion in operating profit (after one-time items) and 1.32 billion in net income.

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Michelin, the French tire manufacturer, increased its sales volume target for 2011 after it posted increases in sales and profitability in the first half of the year, thanks to the price increases which were offsetting the rising prices of raw material.

Raw material inflation and the effect of the disruption in the supply chain due to the March disaster in Japan have been in focus while vehicle manufacturers and component parts suppliers have presented quarterly results in recent days.

As for Michelin, the company shared that the Japan disaster hit the market for light truck and car tires in Western Europe by the second quarter.

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Michelin's next CEO, Jean-Dominique Senard, said at last Friday’s shareholders' meeting that because of high and volatile raw materials prices, the company faces “incredible pressure."

Senard said that despite this, the group's 2011 operating result is expected to increase. He reiterated the long-term targets Michelin established last October, including aiming for operating profit before non-recurring items that’s clearly above 2 billion euros ($2.84 billion) by 2015.

During the shareholders' meeting in Clermont-Ferrand, central France, Senard estimates that for 2011, the price increases in raw materials will have a 1.8 billion euro impact on its accounts.

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At the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the pressure is on for participating companies to make a good impression for the visitors and for the press. Michelin has created a special display for its 2011 booth.

This marks the 23rd year that Michelin is an exhibitor at the NAIAS. Michelin is also celebrating a decade of having the Michelin Challenge Design. Michelin is expected to present the characters that have been featured in its commercials worldwide.

Furthermore, Michelin will be showing off its latest concepts so it’s bound to be promising. In a statement, Barron Meade, 2011 NAIAS chairman, said that sponsors such as Michelin, ZF and Denso have a significant role not only because of the long-term commitment to NAIAS “but to the technological advancements and innovation they represent to the entire automotive industry.”

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The hoops were created from wood, horse and carriage style, that is, prior to Michelin's wrapping halos of rubber around the wheels of our vehicles.

That's clearly a ground-breaker, and the French tire manufacturer has a lot of other innovative ideas to maintain its top place in the automobile technology. The most current piece of ultra-modern kit rotating out of Michelin's design department is recognized as the Active Wheel system.

Two motors, one to power the car and another for the incorporated suspension system, rests inside the hub and permit the entire drivetrain to fit snuggly enclosed at each end. This ground-breaking design would possibly enable an astonishing assortment of platforms that could be engineered to receive the same set of rubber.

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For your new Porsche Cayenne, tire manufacturer Michelin is offering three new ranges of tires designed and homologated specifically for your car.

These cars are created to have superior performance when it comes to safety-enhancing grip, fuel-efficiency and total mileage. These tires are versatile and can be used throughout the various seasons.

They improve safety; they last longer; and they provide a reduced environmental footprint. It's noticeable that the tires carry the N marking on the sidewalls. The marking certifies that they meet Porsche's quality standards.

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Nissan Mixim, is the latest concept car from the Japanese manufacturer which was revealed today at the Detroit Auto Show. Powered by a pair of innovative "Super Motor" electric motor/generators, the Nissan Mixim Concept makes its first U.S. appearance as part of the Michelin Challenge Design display at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new concept features the same wheelbase as a production Nissan Cube, but it has new dimensions: it is with 11 inches shorter, nearly 10 inches lower and four inches wider.

Regarding the design, this is highlighted by the LED driving lights, a wraparound windscreen inspired by the visor of a safety helmet, a stylish angular slash running through the center of the doors and triangular side windows.

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