Generation 6 tyres UltraContact UC6 and ComfortContact CC6 offer higher life and the range support all kinds of driving experiences from intra-city to highway drive
Continental is introducing its range of Generation 6 tyres for passenger vehicles to India. The UltraContact UC6 and ComfortContact CC6 range of tyres are designed to cope with challenging road conditions found across the country, the company noted. Continental Tyres has developed the Generation 6 products by conducting extensive tests. Both ranges of tyres are aimed to provide higher safety, low noise levels, higher mileage, robust sidewalls, improved fuel efficiency, and greater comfort.
The UltraContact UC6 Tyres will be produced at Continental’s Modipuram plant, and is specially designed for full control on wet roads and extreme short braking distances in both wet as well as dry road conditions. It is said to achieve these fetes without compromising on comfort, noise level, mileage, or fuel-efficiency.
For added safety, aqua channel surface sipes quickly direct the water film from the tread pattern as they contact the road. On wet roads, the centre of the tyre is at the highest risk of aquaplaning, and to curtail this risk, specially-developed aqua drainage elements are positioned to drain water into the tread grooves quickly. The chamfered angle of the Diamond Edge in the pattern maximizes the contact area of the pattern to distribute the braking forces more evenly while braking. Without this chamfer, the tread block distorts and loses some of its contact with the road, the company explained. In wet conditions, the Diamond Edge acts as a wiper that clears the water film away from the tread blocks for short braking distances.
The new adaptive Diamond Blend Compound of the UC6 tyres consists of two polymer types. The short grip-polymers are activated when the vehicle is driving through corners or while braking. This energy is transformed into heat to enable high grip and short braking distances. The long mileage-polymers are entangled and, therefore, strongly connected, which ensures a high mileage performance. The UC6 tyres are available for rims with diameters from 14 to 17 inches, covering a wide range of larger passenger car vehicle models.
Meanwhile, the ComfortContact CC6 tyre range provides superior low noise level, higher comfort, and lower rolling resistance helps in achieving optimal fuel efficiency. The tyre also offers better tread-life due to secure, interlocking molecular connections that resist wearing, thus improving mileage significantly compared to the previous generation of ComfortContact range. The CC6 tyres are available for rims with diameters of 13 to 15 inches.
Continental said that to achieve a superior low noise level, Continental CC6 operates on three revolutionary technologies - Harmonic Comfort Chambers, 0 dB-Eaters, and Whisper Compound. The Harmonic Comfort Chambers of the tyre are specially designed noise-cancelling chambers positioned on the inner shoulder of the tyre pattern. Unpleasant noise generated between the road and tyre is effectively cancelled out as airwaves migrate in and out of the chambers, preventing noise emission towards passengers, resulting in a quieter ride. 0 dB-Eaters are designed to split and diffuse noise waves for lower road noise. To ensure a quieter ride, they break up noise waves travelling in the tread grooves to reduce the sound-level measured in decibels (dB).
Finally, the CC6 Whisper Compound is a smoother rolling tread compound that adapts better to the roughness of the road surface for superior comfort. The compound absorbs tyre vibrations to diffuse road noise. It dampens micro bumps on the road, offering a smoother driving experience.
Claude d’Gama Rose, Head, Tyres Business, Continental India, said the flagship range - UltraContact UC6 and ComfortContact CC6 are trusted by customers worldwide for high performance, safety, better mileage, and comfort features. With the entry of Generation 6 tyres in India, Continental’s offering in the passenger vehicle segment is well established, he added. Rose noted that this gives customers the choice to upgrade to the premium product in the market. “We have a strong focus for localisation of our products in India. Our philosophy ‘in the market, for the market,’ complements the entire manufacturing value chain, enabling us to bring German technology for the local market”.