Bridgestone Launches COACH-AP 001


Bridgestone has launched its first tyre fully dedicated to the coach segment, the COACH-AP 001.

New Dedicated Coach Tyre Launched

Excellent labelling across rolling resistance and pass-by noise, as well as high performance in wet and wintery conditions, makes Bridgestone’s COACH-AP 001 a cost-efficient option for coach fleet managers that also maximises comfort with no compromise on safety. 

The COACH-AP 001 applies a newly developed low rolling resistance pattern that results in an excellent EU label B grade in fuel efficiency to help reduce CO2 emissions and total cost of ownership for fleet operations.

The new tyre was also engineered with noise reduction in mind, achieving an excellent pass-by noise score of just 69 decibels.

Meanwhile, passenger comfort is one of the key priorities for coach fleets, but the safety of those passengers is the number one. That is why the COACH-AP 001 tyre has been designed to deliver outstanding performance in all types of weather. The tyre has been awarded an EU label B grade in wet grip and achieves 3PMSF and M+S markings to be fully winter ready.

“Fleets today face greater challenges than ever before. But within that market, the people transportation segment also faces its own hurdles,” said Steven De Bock, Director Sales & Operations Commercial Products at Bridgestone EMEA. “In the COACH-AP 001, we have developed a tyre that reduces the total cost of ownership for fleets and maximises comfort with no compromise on safety to help our fleet customers answer the challenges they face.”

As with all truck and bus tyres available within Bridgestone’s 2019 portfolio, all COACH-AP 001 tyres will be made traceable with electronic tagging system RFID (radio-frequency identification). As Bridgestone’s digital mobility solution portfolio for fleets – now including Total Tyre Care, FleetPulse, and, following Bridgestone’s acquisition of TomTom Telematics, WEBFLEET – continues to evolve, the implementation of RFID will bring added value to customers looking to benefit their tyres with connectivity and predictive maintenance.

Bridgestone COACH-AP 001 – master size 295/80R22.5 – will be launched in October 2019. All COACH-AP 001 tyres are manufactured in Europe.

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David is the Owner and Publisher of Commercial Tyre Business. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyre & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.


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