A partnership that goes beyond OE approval
Although tyre manufacturers regularly work with leading car manufacturers on the development of original fitment (OE) tyres, it is uncommon for these partnerships to result in a new bespoke tyre model. Yet, this is precisely the objective behind Michelin and Hyundai Motor’s technical partnership which was signed this week.
As a result of this collaboration, the two companies hope to develop tyres suitable for future Hyundai models. This means that Michelin engineers will have access to Hyundai’s data and expertise in designing tyres adapted for the car maker’s new electric and luxury vehicles.
Two tyres already under development
Although neither the duration, nor the exact contents of the agreement signed at Michelin’s Clermont Ferrand headquarters have been revealed, two projects have already been announced. The French tyre manufacturer will work on the development of an all season tyre for Hyundai's new generation of urban electric vehicles and a bespoke tyre for the successor of its luxury sedan, the Genesis G80.
The two groups say they want to focus on the development of high performance tyres capable of delivering the best performance in terms of ride comfort and handling while keeping road noise and vibrations to a minimum.