Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Fredrikstad, Norway
Chris, you are absolutely right in that the climate conditions are so different that the best rubber mixture for Northern Europe would not be optimal for continental Europe, and vice versa. Our Scandinavian tyres would wear out quickly in warmer climates whereas your tyres would be too hard and "non-grippy" for here. Driving on bare or wet roads may also be more important further south, whereas snow& ice would be the expectation further north.
This is also why parallel imports may pose a safety problem, with incompetent dealers importing cheap tyres that aren't suitable for the local climate, even though the brand name may seem to be the same. Indeed, I suspect this may have been the case with the tyres I didn't like on my previous car.
BTW, I see the Finnish guys also discussing winter tyres and being happy with their choice of Nokian.
Last edited by Norwegian; 01-23-2017 at 05:35 AM.