For any car to move smoothly and to perform at it very best it needs a good engine, transmission, excellent NVH, and good brake system but they are another integral part of the car and that is the tyre of the car. Like the transmission and also the speaker system they are also several car manufacturers for the car tyre where some of them had been founded in early 19th centuries and still going strong until today. Today we will look at the most popular tyre in Malaysia and the company behind the tyre and in total they are 4 of them who had made some important innovation for the car tyre.
The first tyre manufacturer is the ever famous Michelin with the Bibendum as the company mascot. It was a French car tyre maker that is based in Clermont, Ferrand in Auvergne region in France. It was founded on 28 May 1889 by two brother Edouard Michelin and Andre Michelin. It is among the top 3 largest car tyre make alongside with Bridgestone and Goodyear. Michelin comes to attention with the introduction of the radial tyre that changed the way tyre was made. For the details of the radial tire please proceed to THE EVOLUTION OF THE CAR TYRE in this website. Michelin not only involved in tire making but also in awarding Michelin star for the restaurant that has a good cooking and the restaurant that had been awarded the Michelin Star will have a great popularity as the Michelin Star will be awarded anonymously and not been paid by the restaurant itself. Michelin tire had been founded in 1889 but they had been present at Malaysia only in 1969 and since then they had gained a great reputation and good popularity among the car lovers due to longevity, and great quality provided by the tire. It is available through the selected distributor and most of the tire shop in Malaysia.
Their famous tire currently is the Michelin Pilot Sport 3, Michelin XM2, Michelin Pilot Super Sport, and also Michelin Primacy ST. Michelin upcoming tyre is the Michelin Pilot Sport 4, Primacy Series tyre and XM series tyre.
The Goodyear tire is another manufacturer that is popular for the car lovers. It was founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling and it is an American tyre manufacturer that is based in Akron ,Ohio. The name Goodyear comes from the inventor of the vulcanized rubber tyre by Charles Goodyear. They are also famous for their Goodyear Blimp. Among the tire manufacturer that had been involved in Formula 1 Grand Prix, Goodyear is the most successful with more win and more constructor championship with 368 wins and they are ranked number 1 for the best record of the tire manufacturer in Formula 1 Grand Prix. Goodyear is the earliest tyre manufacturer that had been present in Malaysia dated back to 1908 with the Goodyear Orient Company and the sales of the Goodyear Product had started in Malaysia from 1929 through their office Goodyear Sales Company that is located in Singapore.
Currently, their popular tyre is Goodyear Assurance TripleMax, Goodyear Eagle F1 Directional 5, and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2. The upcoming tyre will be Goodyear Assurance Series and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3.
We had an Asian made tyre in this list and they are Bridgestone Tyre Company. It founded in Japan on 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi a Japanese businessman which is based in Fukuoka, Japan. The name Bridgestone come from the translation of Japan word “Ishibashi” which mean stone bridge. For now, they are the world largest tire manufacturer slightly ahead of Michelin. If Michelin and Goodyear had been in Malaysia from the early 20th centuries, Bridgestone had started their operation in Malaysia from April 2000 and now they had a total of 50 employees. They are considered one of the popular choices for the car lovers due to the great price and also excellent qualities on their tires.
Their popular tire is the Ecopia series, Potenza series, and Turanza Series. The next upcoming tyre will be the new Potenza and Turanza series.
The next is the German made tyre manufacturer and usually, with the German made product we can expect a great quality from them and the tire manufacturer named as Continental AG . Founded in 1871 and based in Hanover, Germany. Unlike Goodyear , Michelin and Bridgestone they are not only making tyre but also making brake system , powertrain and chassis, automotive safety and also electronic for the vehicle. For the tire making, they had an expertise in fuel consumption reduction and reduce the rolling resistance for the tire. Another thing for Continental is for now they are not involved in the Formula 1 Grand Prix. They are 4th largest tire manufacturer in the world. Continental had been in Malaysia for more than 25 years and in Malaysia, they had a joint venture with the Sime Darby group of companies.
The current tire production is the ContiSportContact, ContiComfortContact, ContiMaxContact and also the ContiPremiumContact series tire. The upcoming tyre can be a new model for this series mentioned
All this tire manufacturer also had the Run Flat Tire on their production line. Each of them had a different name for this type of tire where Michelin will call it as Michelin Run Flat , Goodyear as Run on Flat, Bridgestone as DriveGuard Run Flat and Continental as Self-Supporting Run Flat (SSR) tire. They are several more tire manufacturer in Malaysia like Toyo, Yokohama,GT Radial, Silverstone, Achilles, Sime Tyres, Hankook, Dunlop and much more but this 4 tire is the most popular choice for the car lovers.
This car tyre will continuously innovate their tire with a new type of the tire thread, more reduction of the rolling resistance, eco-friendly, more kilometres on the run-flat model, more longevity, shorter braking distance in wet, and reduction of noise from the tire. They are one of the best tires in the world and also the choices for the car manufacturer from BMW, Mercedez Benz, Audi, Volkswagen, Toyota, Honda , Nissan , Proton , Perodua , Porsche and much more. For example, Michelin had made a special tire just for the Buggati Veyron car that had the world largest rear tire fixed in it. This 4 tyre will always be most popular for our car lovers in Malaysia and also in the world.