Not looking for recommendations, but does anyone have the Vredestein Quatrac Pro or Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 on their Giulia?
I did not know Nokian is owned by Bridgestone.Nokia has a LOT of experience building all weather all season (3 season technically) tires with winter capabilities. The eNTYRE is a 3 season tire with good reviews in light snow,
The Nokian WR series is an all weather four season tire and until Michelin built its Crossclimate it was the only such tire.
Bridgestone owns a big piece of Nokian Tyres. Vredestein is a boutique brand from the Continental company.
Correct - Nokian is known for their winter tires.Nokia also has a factory in Russia, near St Petersburg. Supplies a 1/4 of the Russian tire market.
For winter capabilities Nokian tyres are the best, whether three season or all weather. For dedicated winter tyres nothing beats Nokian for all around snow, ice and bare road winter performance.
I had a 2000 Saab 9-3.I drove my SAAB 9000 Aero on a set of Nokian summers years ago. They were low temperature tolerant with a green indicator that would pop up when the ambient temperatures got "too cold". These were pre Bridgestone investment era tires. I really liked them. They performed really well in summer heat but also down to freezing point. No other summer tire could do that at the time. No snow or ice performance, summer tread only, but really excellent grip in cold weather especially on wet roads.
Michael, we don't have hard packed snow in Calgary That's why I chose MichelinInteresting opinion. Gislaved is now* "just" a Continental brand and Nokian is essentially controlled by Bridgestone. But have these expert investors really dumbed down the brands?
I find the concept of unbiased tyre testing hard to accept. For one thing every tyre is a compromise anyway. There is no such thing as a perfect tyre for every driver or road conditions.
I'll give you a snow tire example: Continental Contact winter tires have a very useful advantage over let us say Michelin snow tires. As the ContiContact loses grip on deep semi hard pack snow the tread continues to develop drive and chews its way through. In testing it may develop less peak grip but in the real world the Conti will keep you going while a Michelin will bog down and leave you stuck. Micelin X Ice may be excellent on glare ice but not so much on hard pack snow. Where Nokian stand out is in all round winter performance. They remain unbeatable in any kind of real world severe winter driving conditions. Unbeatable.
*looked it up. Since 1992!! And just btw Vredestein is owned by Apollo of India (appallo maybe?) and Pirelli is now Chinese. Modern tires are built in automated factories. It really doesn't matter who owns the company nor what country the plant is in. Where are the engineers from and where are they working?