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A standardised labelling system for tyres will come into effect across Europe on 1st November 2012. The energy label attached to the tyre will provide information on that particular tyre’s classification with regard to fuel consumption, wet grip and noise classification. All tyres manufactured after 30th June 2012 must comply with the new labelling requirements.
The petrol tank symbol refers to the tyre’s rolling resistance value. The lower the rolling resistance, the less fuel the vehicle consumes and therefore the less CO2 it emits. The different levels of rolling resistance are divided into seven grades, from grade A (green, indicating highest fuel efficiency) to grade G (red, indicating lowest fuel efficiency). Grade D is not used.
The raincloud symbol refers to the tyre’s wet grip grade. Tyres with excellent wet grip can reduce the braking distance enormously and are therefore a critical vehicle safety feature. Performance is divided into the grades A (highest performance, shortest braking distance) to G (least safe, longest braking distance). Grades D and G are not used.
The loudspeaker symbol indicates the external rolling noise in decibels (dB). The value measured refers to the volume of the noise caused by the vehicle as it passes by. The fewer “sound waves” displayed on the symbol, the quieter the tyre’s exterior noise emission.