From tomorrow you will be able to tell straight away which tyres will help you save fuel. Every new tyre has to come with a new easy-to-read label displaying information on three essential aspects of the performance of a tyre: fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise.
By way of clear and easy-to-understand pictograms the label will help you make informed choices when buying tyres. Similar to the well-known energy label for household appliances it ranks product performance on a scale from G (bad) to A (best)
As tyres account for 20 % to 30 % of the fuel consumption of vehicles, choosing a tyre rated ‘A’ for its energy efficiency can help you make fuel cost savings in the range of €170-€230 per year compared to the least performing model. When taking into account the higher price of ‘A’ class tyres compared to ‘G’ class (€240-€320 for a set of four) break-even point is reached in the course of the second year following your purchase, i.e. well before the end of life of high-quality tyres.
31st October, 2012