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The European Union imposes new tyre label regulation effective November 2012

By SYF77 on 20 Nov 2012

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Effective from November 2012, the European Union (EU) made it a requirement for tyres sold in the EU market to include a tyre label that specify their fuel consumption, wet grip and noise ratings.

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The label will use a classification from the best (green category 'A') to the worst performance (red category 'G'). The new initiative is part of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan drafted in 2009, which is designed to improve the energy performance of products, buildings and services to reduce energy consumption by 20% until 2020.

The measure is believed to be a way to disadvantage the lower cost Asian tyre brands in the EU market. They are usually a lot cheaper than the European-made tyre but pales in comparison with the European brands in most aspects.

According to the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association, the market share of non-European brands in the region increased to 23% in 2011 from 20% in 2007. Austerity measures stemming from the sovereign-debt crisis could have heightened the allure of budget tires.

For passenger car, light truck and truck tires, the information must be available in technical promotional material such as leaflets and brochures as well as the manufacturer website. The video by Nokian Tyres below explains the details of the new regulation.


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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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