September 1, 2020, Kuala Lumpur – Michelin, one of the world’s largest tyre manufacturers, has launched the Michelin Agilis 3 cater to the light commercial truck segment.
“In line with Michelin’s ‘Performance and Safety Made to Last’ brand promise, the new Michelin Agilis 3 is outfitted with innovative technologies and sophisticated features for long-lasting performance with optimum safety and environmental friendliness. These attributes not only provide a competitive advantage over current competitors in the same market segment, but also reinforces Michelin’s commitment for a more sustainable mobility.
“The latest breakthrough is further evidence of Groupe Michelin’s sustainable-performance strategy in favor of safer, cleaner, more accessible and more efficient mobility,” said Michelin Malaysia commercial director for B2B Muhammad Arya Subrata in a statement.
This tyre is designed for customers who are involved in people and goods transportation activities. Some of the key technologies and features incorporated in Michelin Agilis 3 includes stone ejectors – horizontal bars in the tread groove designed to minimise stone trapping, sidewall shields – made with an abrasion-resistant rubber compound that provides extra sidewall shoulder protection of 1.5mm thickness compared to the current generation, Innovative Compound with higher density of silica and carbon black materials for improved wet grip, U-Shape Grooves that allows a higher water clearance for lasting wet grip performance, Full Depth Sipes that helps to ensure good flexibility of the tread blocks and Under Tread which keeps the operating temperature cooler.
Michelin claims that the Michelin Agilis 3 provides shorter wet braking distance, 5 percent or up to 1.9 metres shorter when new and 11 percent or up to 3.8 metres shorter when worn, when compared to its major competitors (Wet braking test conducted by TUV Rheinland Thailand Ltd, on Michelin’s request, in June 2020, on dimension 215/70R15C on Toyota Hiace Commuter, laden condition of 2,950 kg GVW. Comparing new and worn Michelin Agilis 3 versus three other competitor brands of tyres. Worn condition: tyres tested at 2mm remaining tread depth.)
The company also declared that it provides superior mileage performance, 25 percent more mileage compared to its previous generation, with less downtime caused by tyre damage (Test result from Michelin internal test, conducted on real roads in Thailand, with 215/70R15C tyres fitted on a Ford Ranger pick-up truck. Wear life index was calculated by the ‘Harmonic average’ of 4 tyres assuming the customer regularly rotates tyres.) It also recorded 12 percent superior rolling resistance, plus 90ml/100km less fuel consumption and 228g/100km less CO 2 emission, than average competitors ( Rolling Resistance Test performed at Thailand Automotive Institute and certified by TUV Rheinland Thailand Ltd, on Michelin’s request in December 2019, on dimension 215/70R15C – comparing with other competitor brands).
“As 97 percent of Michelin Agilis 3 are sourced within the region, it ensures effective on-demand delivery across Asia Pacific countries, as well as minimises environmental impact and shipment costs. Moreover, the newly launched tyre is specifically designed with RC or reinforced casing to meet challenges of the region’s usages and road conditions.
“With uncompromised performance plus all the benefits and advantages that come with it under the ‘Safer for Longer’ slogan, we are convinced that Michelin Agilis 3 will be warmly received and greatly appreciated in Malaysia,” Arya said.
The new Michelin Agilis 3 is now available at Michelin’s authorised commercial light truck tyre dealers across the nation. All size ranges (including 4 new sizes), from 14 to 16 inch in diameter, cover the entire light 1-to-3 tonnes load segment of Malaysia’s commercial light truck tyre market.
For further details, please visit www.michelin.com.my.