Hanover, October 2017. With immediate effect, the General Tire brand with its American heritage is to supply tyres for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The German automaker recently approved the all-terrain Grabber AT² in size LT 265/75 R 16 for fitting to the G-Class. Since these tyres have been approved for use as original equipment, they can also now be ordered via Mercedes dealers in the replacement market.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the most famous and powerful off-road vehicles, so a great deal is expected of its tyres: maximum grip on stony, sandy and muddy ground, safe handling properties on the road, and a highly robust performance both on and off road.
“For the General Tire brand this approval is a very special seal of quality,” says Matthias Bartz, General Tire Business Development Manager for the EMEA Region. “Mercedes-Benz invariably sets the bar high in terms of the requirements of the tyres in both the original equipment and replacement sectors. As a company with a proud heritage in the production of 4x4 tyres, we bring to the table more than a century of experience in the development of robust tyres with strong grip, whose standard of quality has now also impressed one of the leading European off-road vehicle manufacturers.”
The Grabber AT² displays its strengths on regular and unmade roads, as well as in off-road use: Its highly durable rubber compound was developed with all three of these applications in mind. The tread with five circumferential grooves, into which the strong tread blocks protrude, offers maximum grip and low noise development. At the same time it is designed to ensure that the Grabber AT² can also deliver strong traction in rugged terrain. The reinforced tread blocks make for stable handling and ensure high mileage, particularly in the tyre shoulder which bears the brunt of the load in steering maneuvers. Despite a high tread depth of 13.5 mm, the tyre’s new tread compound endows it with strong damage resistance on sharp-edged surfaces. Its triple-layer construction and very robust sidewalls make these tyres safe and durable performers even in tough stony terrain.
The General Tire brand is exclusively distributed by Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd in the UK. The partnership began when General Tire launched a search for a distribution partner with expertise in the 4x4 sector and an established dealer network to help increase its market share. At that time, the contract was awarded to Southam Tyres, which is now part of Micheldever.
General Tire is owned by Continental. David Smith, managing director of Continental Tyre Group UK, said: “General Tire has benefitted greatly from the partnership with Micheldever. It’s the UK largest independent wholesaler, distributor and retailer of tyres and supplies more than 8,500 garages and main dealers, and having access to this network has been crucial for us, as the sales figures clearly show.”