The new tread concept increases the tire resistance.
The robust construction increases the load-carrying capacity of the tire and also prolongs its life cycle.
The shock-absorbing compound increases the protection against stones becoming stuck in the grooves. The tire is thus better protected against chipping and other damage and the durability increases.
Secure grip in wet conditions is crucial for safe driving. Performance is graded into classes, A to G (although D and G are not currently used). The stopping distance between a class A tire and a class F tire can be as much as 18 metres.
Reduced rolling resistance saves fuel and cuts CO2 emissions. Class A tires deliver the best fuel efficiency, with each subsequent class through to G increasing fuel consumption by between 0.42 and 0.56 mpg for a car which does 36 mpg.
This is the external noise made by the tire and is measured in decibels. The more filled bars shown on the label, the louder the tires.