ENSCHEDE, Netherlands (March 8) — Amtel Vredestein N.V. has shipped its millionth inflatable Space Master spare tire, a decades-old Vredestein-specific product that is generating renewed interest from car makers for their latest generation small sport-utility vehicles and four-wheel-drive models.
The millionth Space Master was shipped to Audi A.G. for fitment on Audi´s A6 All Road, the company said.
The Space Master tire is a folded design, occupying only about 40 percent of the space of a full-size spare while offering a weight reduction of up to 35 percent, Vredestein said. The tire can be inflated in less than five minutes with a compressor powered by the car´s electrical system, and it can be reused, the company said.
The spare is being used by Mercedes-Benz A.G., Porsche A.G., Maserati S.p.A. and Audi on various models.