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Old 6th September 2017, 18:09   #1
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Apollo Tyres Ltd. has received approval of European car makers to be their original equipment manufacturer(OEM). It has started supplying passenger car tyres to Volkswagen, Ford and SEAT. According to Neeraj Kanwar - Vice Chairman & MD, several other European OE approvals are in the pipeline.

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The Apollo Vredestein has been selected as a fitment on the Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Ibiza and the EU-spec Ford EcoSport. Three variants of the Apollo Vredestein are available - Snowtrac 5 (winter tyre), Sportrac 5 (summer tyre) and Quartrac 5 which is an all-season tyre. The EU-spec Polo will be offered with all three versions, while Ibiza customers can choose from Sportrac 5 and Quartrac 5. The EcoSport will be fitted with the Sportrac 5 summer tyre.

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The company's newly built manufacturing facility in Hungary will be catering to European OE market.

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The company's newly built manufacturing facility in Hungary will be catering to European OE market.
What's the status of their Made in India tyres? Do they meet the OE standards?
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The Apollo Vredestein has been selected as a fitment on the Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Ibiza and the EU-spec Ford EcoSport.
FlyingSpur had tried these tyres out on the Buddh circuit. Link to his full report here (Apollo's Vredestein performance tyres launched: A report from the Buddh F1 Circuit).
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I have been using made in Netherlands Sportrac 5 tyres, coincidentally, on my Vento for the past 11,000 kms. While these tyres are good on good quality roads, as in most of the Europe, if I'm not wrong, these do not work too well in our road conditions.

The sidewall is significantly "bulgy", as somewhat visible in the first picture in the thread. The sidewall of tyres in 195/60 R15 profile is way more bulgy, and does not look anything like a performance oriented tyre would. While driving, even about an inch deep of undulations on the road, unsettle the car, especially while cornering. There is something funny that is coming to my mind now. The other day, I was taking a corner, and there was cow-dung on the road, that was a bit tender, and the car was unsettled when a tyre went through it. I could not see if before due to the curved road, and the curb.

In contrast, Yokohama C-drives in the same 195/60 R15 profile performed consistently, even through rough roads, maintaining the performance always.

With that being said, Sportrac 5 are highly acclaimed on tyrereviews.co.uk, and appear in the top rated tyres.

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/Vr...Sportrac-5.htm

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