Michelin denies Nokian claims of cheating in tyre tests.
Claims by Nokian Tyres that the use of specially made tyres to improve results in tyre tests was common practice in the industry have drawn a strong denial from rival manufacturer Michelin. Nokian engaged in the malpractice of providing bespoke tyres to testing centers in order to achieve better results, a company official said on Feb. 26.
“We admit that we are guilty of sending pre-produced tyres for testing, sometime half a year before their production started and sometime the tyres were a bit different from the ones that went on the shelves, & we are sorry about this practice, which has been ‘quite normal’ in the tyre industry.” Said a company spokesperson from Nokian Tyres.
Michelin, however, responded with a Feb. 29 statement insisting that it had “never designed or manufactured tyres specifically for tests conducted by the media, automobile associations or any other organizations”. The French tyre-maker said that it had “for years conducted reproducible tests that reflect real life driving conditions using series production tyres. Michelin has always been committed to ensuring that the conditions used to test its tyres faithfully represent the conditions encountered by consumers in their actual day-to-day usage.”