Continental has launched a new tyre line for intercity buses, named Conti CoachRegio, designed to offer reliable and safe touring between cities and villages under variable speed conditions, as well as excellent handling and high mileage on hilly and winding regional roads.
The Conti CoachRegio line includes an all axle fitment tyre as well as a dedicated drive axle tyre. Continental says the new design fulfils the needs of fleet customers who operate in short distance travel and intercity transportation in general as well as those who operate tourism buses, tour buses, school buses or workers shuttles. The new tyre is available as Conti CoachRegio HA3 295/80 R 22.5 for all axles and as Conti CoachRegio HD3 for the drive axle.
The Conti CoachRegio has the “Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake” marking (3PMSF) indicating smooth driving under all weather conditions in all seasons, and a durable and robust casing delivers a load capability of LI 154/149, currently the highest available for the drive axle in the coach and intercity segment. Both tyres have EU label rating of “C” for fuel efficiency and “B” for wet grip, with a rolling noise of 71 dB for the HA3 and 73 dB for HD3.
“With this new tyre line, we overcame the technological challenge of developing a tyre using a balanced compound to increase safety and mileage that also features low rolling resistance performance for regional bus applications,” said Lutz Stäbner, Head of Product Management for Continental truck and bus tyres in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. “With the Conti CoachRegio, we introduce efficient tyres that save fuel, last longer and offer better handling as well as comfort without compromising on the most important requirement–safety.”
Continental says the balanced compound for traction and mileage provides an innovative combination of rubber polymer and strengthening filler materials. A special, functionalised rubber and a new type of carbon black ensure high mileage with excellent rolling resistance while at the same time offering superior wet handling and good dry grip.
The HA3 has full-depth siping for good wet and winter performance, with straight grooves in the outer ribs for structural stability as well as zig-zag inner grooves for optimal performance against stone retention. The company says these characteristics result in better cornering stability and quiet rolling. The HD3 also features a new tie-bar shoulder design that increases robustness and minimises damage from kerb impact.