Large, powerful cars and SUVs with electric or hybrid drive are far heavier than conventional vehicles, yet offer little room to fit larger tires with higher load capacities. In response, Continental is now manufacturing the first passenger tire with the new “HL” load index. Inflated to the same pressure, these tires have a higher load capacity than those built to the former XL standard, said the company.
Hanover, January 18, 2021. Continental expands the digital online dealer portal ContiOnlineContact. The portal now lists the entire Off-The-Road (OTR) and agricultural tire portfolio. This enables dealers and customers from the agricultural, industrial, earthmoving, port and airport sectors, among others, to order tires flexibly and on demand. With the expansion of the dealer portal to include OTR and agricultural tires, service performance will be continuously improved and tire ordering will be catering to the individual needs of the customers. The new products are available both as ad-hoc orders with delivery directly from the regional warehouses and as direct shipments from the factories.
Continental Tire the Americas, LLC will increase prices on select Continental and General passenger and light truck tires in the U.S. market.
These increases will be effective March 1 and will vary across specific products by brand, Continental says. Details of the increase will be made available to direct customers before Feb. 1.
MISSISSAUGA, ON. – December 18, 2020. Continental, one of the largest automotive technology suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, today announces the appointment of Tina Alessi as the new National Sales Manager for Continental’s Passenger and Light Truck (PLT) tires business in Canada. The PLT tires segment comprises passenger car, crossover utility vehicle, sports utility vehicle, van, and light truck tires. In her new role, Alessi is the first female to join Continental Tire Canada’s PLT senior leadership team.
Alessi joined Continental in 2008, most recently serving as National Account Manager for Continental’s PLT tire business. Her journey at Continental has witnessed immense change, most importantly, in its people.
“I look at leadership as not just a title but about how one impacts and influences others,” said Alessi. “Over the years I have been encouraged to know my worth, have confidence in myself and my abilities, and most of all, know that my voice and opinion matter.”
Alessi’s new role is paving the way for Continental to become one of the most diverse and inclusive organizations in the country. In this new role Alessi has stated that she will continue to strive to encourage growth and empowerment through the power of diversity.
“We are so excited to have Tina as part of the senior leadership team in Canada,” said Matthew Livigni, Managing Director, Continental Tire Canada. “An important pillar of our strategy is to be the most customer-centric tire solutions provider in Canada and Tina is the best person to execute on this strategy by adding value to our customers and further developing the passenger and light truck sales team in the coming years,” stated Livigni.
Alessi will begin her new position on January 1, 2021.
Continental says it has successfully demonstrated real-time tire tread depth monitoring in a pilot using vehicles from carsharing provider Share Now Denmark.
In cooperation with project partner and telemetry specialist Traffilog, the company merged feeds from tire sensors and telemetry data from Share Now’s fleet of cars with a proprietary algorithm in the cloud. As a result, Continental claims it can predict tire tread depth in real time to an accuracy of 1mm. It hopes that in future, smart digital tire solutions such as this will be a key driver in enabling need-based servicing of tires, instead of regular, scheduled servicing.
Hanover, November 27, 2020. Automakers and commercial vehicle manufacturers are not alone in having to change their processes in response to electric mobility. Tire manufacturers too need to come up with new development concepts to accommodate this new form of propulsion. One particularly demanding field in technological terms is the development of tires for electric urban buses. In response, Continental and VDL Bus & Coach, a leading manufacturer of electric buses, have pooled their expertise and jointly developed initial prototype tires. These are currently being tested at Continental’s Contidrom proving grounds.
Cambridge, Ontario; November 26, 2020— The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) today announces a new board member and a new board chair, following the resignation of Tony Mougios of Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. Dr. Antoine Sautenet of Michelin was elected as a Director to complete Mr. Mougios unexpired term and elected 2nd Vice-Chair of the Board. Maureen Kline of Pirelli moves into the role as Chair of the Board, Paul Downey of Pliteq becomes 1st Vice Chair and Matt Livigni of Continental Tire remains as Treasurer.
Continental earned the 2020 Automotive Communications Award for the advertising program featuring its new Autodiagnos Automotive Diagnostic System and Autodiagnos TPMS Service Tools.
The award was presented during the 2020 Virtual AAPEX Experience tradeshow by Women in Auto Care, part of the Auto Care Association, for the Best Ad Campaign to the Distribution and Retail Audience.
COVID-19 has affected tire manufacturers in a myriad of ways, and Continental Tire the Americas is no exception. While the company has made changes to its dealer program this year, they’ve shown resilience with the help of industry partners and have a big 2021 ahead.
Hanover, Germany, September 2020. Continental is a founding partner and, as of 2021, the premium sponsor of the Extreme E series. The technology company will equip all vehicles in the races with tires for the various events, which will all prove very challenging. In this interview, Alejandro Agag, CEO of Extreme E and Formula E, talks about the special fascination of the new format. He talks about the beginnings and the social aspirations of the innovative E-SUV series, but also about the partnership with Continental and the extraordinary importance of tires.