As from 1 November 2012, new European tyre labelling comes into effect. It is compulsory for all new tyres manufactured from 1 July 2012.
Actual fuel savings and road safety are heavily dependent on driver behaviour and, in particular, the following three factors:
It provides the consumer with clear information on fuel consumption, safety characteristics on a wet road and the noise that the tyre produces.
This indicates the level of rolling resistance. The rating scale varies between A (the most economical) to G (the least economical).
The fuel saving generated each year by the best tyre compared to the worst is approximately 90 litres. Over the entire lifetime of a tyre, the fuel saving amounts to around five full tanks (i.e. 240 litres with average fuel consumption of 7 litres/100 km and estimated annual mileage of 15,000 km for a tyre lifespan of 40,000 km).
Base value for rating.
This indicates the braking performance on a wet road. The rating scale varies between A (shortest braking distance) to G (longest braking distance).
This criterion is calculated on the ability of the tyre to stop a vehicle at 80 kph.
The difference between each level corresponds to two car-lengths (i.e. approx. 3 to 6 metres). Braking distances increase considerably for tyres with a high rating.
Not measured: from 1/11/2014, F and G rated tyres will no longer be sold in the EU.
This is the noise outside the vehicle caused by its movement. This rating is expressed by two values.
Today, the European standard is three full bars, the basis on which the calculation is made. From 2016, the standard will be two full bars (i.e. approximately 3 decibels (dB) below what it is today).
The expected benefits of this rating system:
The EUROPEAN LABEL does not cover all the determining elements and criteria for the efficiency of a product. Some, such as the braking distance on a dry surface, the resistance to aquaplaning, interior noise and road holding on a bend are not mentioned in the new labelling.
These items are therefore additional tyre ratings for Pneus Online customers that you can find in the product data sheet for the tyre in question.
The following are exceptions to the rating system:
For more information go to http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32009R1222