Continental, the technology company and manufacturer of premium tyres, has launched a new tyre line for intercity buses, Conti CoachRegio. The new tyre line offers reliable and safe touring between cities and villages under variable speed conditions, with excellent handling and high mileage on hilly and winding regional roads.
The new Conti CoachRegio range includes an all-axle fitment tyre as well as a dedicated drive axle tyre. The new design fulfils the needs of bus and coach operators who run short distance travel and intercity transportation, as well as those who operate buses, tour buses, school buses or workers shuttles.
The range is available as Conti CoachRegio HA3 295/80 R 22.5 for all-round fitment as well as a drive axle tyre, the Conti CoachRegio HD3. The latter will also be available from Q4 2020 as ContiRe CoachRegio HD3, manufactured using Continental’s hot retreading solution, which provides multiple service lives thanks to the durable and robust casing of Continental tyres.
The Conti CoachRegio includes a ‘Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake’ marking (3PMSF), for smooth drives in all weather conditions in all seasons. Its 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 ratings of “C” for fuel efficiency and “B” for wet grip, with a rolling noise of 71 dB for the all-axle tyre and 73 dB for drive axle tyre (both with one soundwave).
Lutz Stäbner, Head of Product Management for Continental truck and bus tyres in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa said, “With this new tyre line, our balanced compound has enabled Continental to overcome the technical challenge of developing a tyre with increased safety and mileage, whilst also delivering low rolling resistance performance for regional bus applications.
“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”.
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 and excellent rolling resistance while at the same time offering superior wet handling and good dry grip.
When it comes to pattern design, the Conti CoachRegio HA3 has full-depth siping technology for good wet and winter performance, with straight grooves in the outer ribs for structural stability as well as zig-zag inner grooves to prevent stone trapping. These characteristics also result in better cornering stability and quiet rolling, ensuring high comfort for the passengers.
The Conti CoachRegio HD3 also features a new tie-bar shoulder design that increases robustness and minimises damage from kerb impact, while the full-depth 3D sipes enhance water displacement and thus guarantee improved wet performance, traction and safety.
Picture: Lutz Stäbner, Head of Product Management for Continental truck and bus tyres in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa