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Michelin FleX-es its muscles with winter tire warranty

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Michelin North America Inc. is backing its Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and Latitude X-Ice Xi2 tire lines with a 40,000-mile tread wear warranty. This is the first time Michelin has provided such a warranty on winter tires in the United States.

The company made the announcement on the eve of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich.

In addition to the tread wear limited warranty, the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and Latitude X-Ice Xi2 winter tires also are covered under the material and workmanship limited warranty.

Both lines utilize advanced tread block technology -- a combination of multiple sipes and micro-pumps with a state-of-the-art rubber silica-based rubber compound called FleX-Ice. This combination "delivers optimized tractive grip and exceptional braking on ice," according to the company.

Additionally, the tires are equipped with Comfort Control Technology, which utilizes computer-optimized design and precision manufacturing to reduce vibrations and road noise.

For more information on Michelin's winter tires, visit www.michelinman.com and Michelin's Winter Driving Academy at www.michelinwintercenter.com.

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