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In the development of the HD tread, a particular focus was placed on safety, handling and optimum driving. Auto Express’s results confirm Nexen Europe’s belief that the eco-friendly product group ‘Nexen N’Blue’ meets and exceeds European customers’ requirements. Nexen N’Blue HD felt “strong on the wet circuit and…gave a secure feel overall.
Excellent Dry Road Performance
Excellent Wet Road Performance
3 center ribs: for driving stability at high speed
Circumferential grooves and curved lateral grooves: for greater anti-hydroplaning performance
Dual kef design: for enhanced tread longevity
Optimized 5 pitch sequence layout: for low noise driving
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
NblueHD tyre review
Average based on 189 test results
Grip in dry conditions
Braking in dry conditions
Grip in wet conditions
Braking in wet conditions
Grip in snow
Internal noise level
07.11.2019 from john wright The car steering was more responsive from day one and the braking distance was very much improved, tyre noise is down on most of the other ones I have used, overall I am very pleased with these tyres.
23.11.2014 from L.M. Very good tyres for the prize. I can compare them only to my winter tyres (Hankook W442).
Dry handling/braking is obviously better, but this is to be expected. The are noisier and the comfort is not that good, but is still ok.
18.05.2013 from Jeff Much quieter than the Bridgestone originally supplied with car.
18.04.2013 from Edmund Herd Good all round tyre at a bargain price - really good in wet .