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TIRERACK.COM’S SECOND RESULT OF 19th ANNUAL TIRE TESTING SEASON

America’s largest ‘personal shoe shopper’ for your vehicle publishes results from Grand Touring All-Season comparison test for drivers looking for longer tread life, better grip in wet weather and all-season capabilities

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (July 22, 2014) — TireRack.com, America’s largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories, released the second set of results from its 19th annual tire testing season. This Grand Touring All-Season tire comparison is especially designed for drivers looking for longer tread wear, better traction in wet weather and all-season capabilities. For this test, results conclude that innovative tire technologies, such as those utilized in Michelin’s new Premier A/S (developed for passenger coupes, sedans and minivans) provide a competitive edge for drivers seeking replacement tire options when all-season traction and stopping in wet conditions are especially a concern without sacrificing ride comfort and handling. Full test results and data can be accessed for free by consumers atwww.tirerack.com/premierasresults.

Among the largest and most popular tire categories on the road, Grand Touring All-Season tires are designed to blend a performance tire’s appearance with a passenger tire’s smooth and quiet ride. They are built to handle a variety of road conditions and provide year-round traction, even in light snow. This blend of premium characteristics makes the Grand Touring All-Season category a common choice for drivers of newer vehicles in need of all-season versatility, traction and ride comfort.

Michelin’s Premier A/S with EverGrip technology is especially designed to emphasize wet traction throughout the life of the tire, not just when new. The technology aims to be the new benchmark in the category by capitalizing on the tire manufacturer’s already proven reputation for longer wearing and smoother riding tires.

To find out how Michelin’s Premier A/S performs, TireRack.com split the test into two components. First, experts at TireRack.com conducted a 6.0-mile Real World Road Ride followed by a Performance Test Track Drive at its state-of-the-art, 11.7-acre test facility using its BMW 3-Series test car, and compared it to the top three performers in the category: Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus (developed for mid-level and premium luxury coupes, sedans, minivans and crossover vehicles), Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology (developed for luxury performance sedans, sporty coupes and crossover vehicles) and the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus (designed for touring and luxury touring cars). The short video of results can be seen at www.tirerack.com/premierasvideo.

TireRack.com’s experts drive on 35-40 different tires every test season (May to September), putting them through a battery of track and road tests that evaluate real-world and performance capabilities at the limits in both wet and dry conditions. For more information on TireRack.com’s testing format, past results and for a wealth of free consumer tire safety information and data based on how you drive, where you drive and what you drive, visit www.TireRack.com

About Tire Rack
Tire Rack, family-owned and headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, is America’s largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories. Their team of over 100 test drivers (their sales team) tests tires from every major tire manufacturer on the company’s state-of-the-art, 11.7-acre test facility. The findings are then posted on the company’s website,www.tirerack.com, where consumers can make an educated decision on a tire, wheel or performance accessory purchase.

Tire Rack has also collected results from nearly 150,000 consumer surveys representing over 2.4 billion miles of real-world tire data, the largest known cache of such information anywhere. In addition, various testing and informational videos are available online in their Video Center at www.tirerack.com/videos. Since 1979, Tire Rack has grown from a single-point retail store in Indianapolis to encompass over 2.2 million square feet of space in seven distribution centers across the country. A diverse and broad in-stock inventory from 20 major tire and 55 wheel brands can be delivered anywhere in the country, most in one business day. A national network of over 8,000 independent Recommended Installers is available to assist customers with installation of their purchases.

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