Nexen Tire, a leading global tire manufacturer, announced that it will supply France’s Renault and Germany’s Smart, a division of Daimler AG, with its N’blue Premium tire. The tire will be standard equipment for the Renault ‘Twingo’ and the Smart ‘Forfour’, which were co-developed by Renault and Daimler AG.
The N’blue Premium is an eco-friendly tire with improved fuel efficiency. It was received Special Mention at the German Design Award 2015 for its sophisticated European styling. The tire will be fitted on the two car models, which will be assembled in the Renault plant located in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, and scheduled for sales in the European region.
“The consecutive supplies of its original equipment tires to leading global car manufacturers prove that Nexen Tire’s outstanding products and performance-driven technology are well recognized,” said Nexen Tire. “As much as supplies of original equipment tires has a positive effect in the replacement equipment tire market, we plan to raise greater brand awareness and strengthen our market positioning through expanding supplies of original equipment tires to global car manufacturers.”
Renault’s ‘Twingo’ is a specially designed vehicle aimed at the European market. It offers a spacious interior by locating its engine at the back of the car, and has received positive reviews for its inherent handling agility. Smart’s ‘Forfour’, originally launched in 2004, has been recently upgraded. It now comes with a more powerful engine than previous models, and its interior and exterior has been redesigned.
Since 2012, Nexen Tire has been supplying its tires to various global car manufacturers, including Mitsubishi, Fiat, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Skoda, and SEAT. At the beginning of 2015, the company supplied the Roadian CT8 SUV/LTR to FCA’s first crossover vehicle, the 500X and the CP671 to its commercial van, the Ducato.