Saab GB press release, SAAB KNOW HOW

A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER WITH WINTER TYRES

Being Swedish, Saab knows a thing or two about winter driving, and because you can’t always trust the weather, you need to trust your tyres.

Tyres are the only part of a car in contact with the road surface, making it vital that they are suitable for the road conditions. With winter approaching, it’s the ideal time to be thinking about switching to a set of winter tyres.

Saab is offering alloy wheels and winter tyre packages from only £559 including VAT*. Customers interested in this package should contact their local Saab dealership for more information including fitting charges and tyre storage options.

David Leighton, Business Development Manager for Aftersales at Saab GB, comments: “The average temperature across the country between November and March is less than 7 degrees celsius.

“At such a low temperature, winter tyres are more effective at providing higher levels of safety than standard tyres and offer increased traction on the road. As a result, they reduce braking distances and suffer less wear and tear, thus offering not only peace of mind, but a cost-saving benefit too.”

Contrary to popular belief, winter tyres are not just suited to driving in snow. The specially designed tread patterns on winter tyres can cope with conditions such as cold, rain, ice and slush, as the compound heats up at a lower temperature, giving more grip than standard ‘summer’ tyres, which become harder in cold conditions.

Saab dealerships are also preparing for the winter by stocking a range of innovative and unique products from AutoSock to help motorists deal with driving in snowy conditions.

Developed by scientists working with the Norwegian Ski team, AutoSock Snow Socks are durable textile socks that fit over the driving wheels of a car to wick away water found between the ground and the tyres to offer a strong grip on the surface.

David adds: “At Saab, we understand how difficult it can be to drive in the snow, which is why our dealerships are also stocking snow socks as an alternative to snow chains or winter tyres.”

Available this October from Saab dealerships, the light-weight, reusable socks are ideal for storing in the car and are easily fitted to the driving wheels. Prices start from £54.95 including VAT.

For further information about winter tyre provision from Saab and to locate your nearest dealership, please visit www.saab.co.uk.

*Available at participating Saab dealers only

Jake
Member

This is a press release, correct?

Greg Abbott
Member

Saab USA (or SCNA now, I guess) also typically offers a winter tire package – and it’s a good deal: snow tires, mounted and balanced on alloy rims, for roughly $1000-1100, last time I checked.

saabsideways
Member

Finally, well done Saab UK, add to cart item.

ANA
Member

Nice offer but….. What a horribly-written press release!

Chicago Fred
Member

I have used winter tires for the past 5-6 years on my 1999 Saab 9-3. I have to say that the difference in winter driving with the winter tires and the standard tires is like night and day. Even last winter when we had record snowfall and one blizzard that delivered almost 3 feet (1 meter) of snow–my winter tires got me through like a all wheel drive vehicle. Highly recommended.

Peter Gilbert
Member

Not a Moment too soon. A couple of years ago a huge storm closed the road and hundreds of Bimmers clogged the highways and we all know why. It took 18 hours for my sister to return to north London in her 9-3 convertible.

It is going to take a lot of education. Even here in Wisconsin people think they’ll do fine with all-season tyres. this is just like the scores of people who I know, who surf the Net without anti-virus!

welshwizard645
Member

18 hours from Wisconsion to London, not bad. 😉

Jarkko
Member

Or – Saab GB press release, SAAB SNOW HOW

welshwizard645
Member

Might give them a call to see how much a set of Michelin PA4 225/45 17 are for my Dame Edna Aero is….

Two years ago the area of Berkshire I worked was one of the worst affected in the UK, people travelling home to Bracknell or Reading took roughly 4-5 hours to get home, yet my PA2s got me back home to Richmond safely….

SeriousSAAB
Member
Sounds good to me. Every year, we Brits become the laughing stock of Europe because of our total inability to adapt to bad snow and ice. For a nation obsessed with weather, it is a pity that we don’t copy our European neighbours and prepare. Last year, I had snow tyres on my 2004 9-5 2.2 TiD auto. What a difference! The 2.2 TiD did not have Winter mode transmission but with winter tyres, the grip was astonishing. In fact, the only trouble was that others followed the SAAB into deserted snow bound car parks… only to discover they could… Read more »
Petteri
Member

Well… do you know what happens in Finland every single year when the summer is over and one morning in October or November, the roads have become slippery overnight? 🙂

Yes, winter tends to take many a driver by surprise here as well.

Niklas G
Member

Perhaps this is the right place to inform about seasons in Finland. 😉

rune
Member

LOL.

+5°C / 41°F
Italian cars won’t start,
The Finns are cruising in cabriolets.

I hope those are Saab convertibles.

A-RO 95
Member
The most important fact which often get overlooked is “The average temperature across the country between November and March is less than 7 degrees celsius. “At such a low temperature, winter tyres are more effective at providing higher levels of safety than standard tyres and offer increased traction on the road. As a result, they reduce braking distances and suffer less wear and tear, thus offering not only peace of mind, but a cost-saving benefit too.” Tests here in Germany have shown that on a dry road at an ambient temperature of approx. +5°C the braking distance with winter tyres… Read more »
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