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Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 tops trio of winter tyre tests

Bridgestone’s new Blizzak LM005 came away from the latest winter tyre tests respectively carried out by German magazines ‘Auto Bild’, ‘auto motor und sport’ and ‘firmenauto’ with top marks.

Bridgestone was also awarded ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ winter tyre 2019/20 by Auto Bild for “best braking performance on snowy, dry and wet roads”.

Particularly in winter, it is important for drivers to be able to rely on their tyres in all weather conditions – after all, they’re the only part of the vehicle in contact with icy-wet roads.

The Blizzak LM005 was recently rated “exemplary” in the Auto Bild’s major winter super test, and in the Auto Bild allrad winter tyre test it was named “winter specialist with balanced good performance at the highest level”. Auto Bild allrad gives top marks for traction, braking and handling. The “high resistance to aquaplaning” and the “low rolling resistance” were also highlighted.

auto motor und sport and firmenauto awarded the LM005 with the overall rating “very good” in their respective 2019 winter tyre tests. auto motor und sport praised the tyre in particular as “very precise on snow-covered and wet roads” and certified “the shortest braking distance on wet surfaces and snow”. firmenauto also highlighted the tyre’s wet performance and rewarded it with its highest score. With its low rolling resistance as well as its low tyre and road noise, the LM005 also scored 9/10 in the “environment” assessment, making it one of the two top performers in this category.

“We are very pleased with the positive assessment of the independent experts,” says Christian Mühlhäuser, MD Bridgestone central Europe. “These top ratings once again confirm that we are creating reliable trust with our high-performance premium products. The Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 is the result of state-of-the-art tyre development to help drivers reach their destination more safely in all winter conditions.”

The Blizzak LM005 is made from Bridgestone’s high-silica NanoProTech compound, which provides strong performance on snow and wet surfaces. This silica content keeps the tyre soft even in very cold temperatures for maximum traction. The completely redesigned tread pattern with a higher number of lateral grooves in the shoulder area improves both the grip level of the tyre on snow and ice and braking behaviour. Currently the Blizzak LM005 is available in 118 dimensions from 14 to 21 inches. In 2020, 46 additional dimensions will follow and the line-up will be extended to 22 inches.