NEW YORK, April 1, 2015 – The exciting new 2016 Lexus RX, introduced at the New York International Auto Show, arrives with Michelin’s latest advancement in tire safety technology, the MICHELIN® Premier® LTX® tire.
Featuring the revolutionary EverGrip™ technology, the MICHELIN Premier tire provides drivers with exceptional levels of safety even as their tires wear down, making them safe when new and safe when worn. Even when worn, the MICHELIN Premier LTX still stops shorter on wet roads than leading competitive brand new tires.1
Available on 2016 Lexus RX models, the MICHELIN Premier tire combines hidden grooves that emerge as the tire wears, expanding rain grooves that widen over time to continue to evacuate water and a unique rubber compound for increased wet grip. The result is prolonged safety and performance for vehicle owners in a range of weather conditions.
“We worked very closely with the Lexus team to tune the Premier tire to meet the important safety and performance needs of the next generation Lexus RX,” said Thom Roach, vice president of Original Equipment Marketing, Michelin North America. “The MICHELIN Premier tire, like the Lexus itself, offers advancements in safety and performance that demonstrate both brands’ commitment to innovation.”
The Michelin Premier tire was recognized by Popular Science magazine as one of the Top 100 innovations of 2014 in its annual “Best of What’s New” list. The New England Motor Press Association and MIT also selected the tire as a top technology for automotive suppliers.
The MICHELIN Premier LTX tire will be available in both an 18-inch and 20-inch standard fitment. Tire sizes are 235/65R18 and 235/55R20.
1 Based on internal wet braking tests from 50 mph vs. Goodyear® Assurance® CS TripleTred™ All-Season and Continental CrossContact™ LX20 in size 255/55R18 109H; using the Michelin® Premier® LTX® tire in size 255/55R18 109H buffed to 5/32” of tread. Actual on-road results may vary.
About Michelin North America
Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) has more than 21,400 employees and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.