Michelin unveils 'eco-friendly' winter tire

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Michelin North America introduced the next generation of its X-Ice winter tire line, the Michelin X-Ice Xi2, earlier today, Feb. 13, at a ride-and-drive event near Montreal, Quebec.

Keeping in line with Michelin's green focus, the product is being touted as an "eco-friendly tire...(that) helps consumers save fuel thanks to its special silica-based rubber compound."

"The X-Ice Xi2 has passed rolling resistance tests with flying colors and it was done with no compromise to handling, grip or wear life," says Normand Latremouille, winter category manager, Michelin.

The T-rated tire will be available starting this fall in 42 sizes, ranging from 13 inches to 18 inches in diameter "and will cover more than 90% of the U.S. winter tire market for cars and minivans," say Michelin officials.

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