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News   July 16, 2013   by CARS Magazine

Pirelli is 2013 ‘Global Champion’ of the Volkswagen Group’s Suppliers

Pirelli has won the 2013 Volkswagen Group Award, the coveted prize that the international carmaker awards to its best suppliers. The Italian firm has been named as ‘Global Champion’ by Volkswagen: a strong and committed reliable...


Pirelli has won the 2013 Volkswagen Group Award, the coveted prize that the international carmaker awards to its best suppliers. The Italian firm has been named as ‘Global Champion’ by Volkswagen: a strong and committed reliable partner supporting the Volkswagen group.

The Volkswagen Group also underlined Pirelli’s “firm commitment, competitiveness and ability to innovate, with the development of self-sealing technology underlining the company’s technical know-how and ability to rise to future challenges.”

The prize was given to Pirelli at a recent ceremony in Dresden, Germany, by the chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen AG, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn and Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Board Member of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for ‘Procurement’.

This latest recognition is the result of a multi-year partnership, in which Pirelli supplies six million Ultra High Performance (UHP) tires per year to the Volkswagen Group and works with it on bespoke solutions tailored to individual models, which also become a reference in the aftermarket.

Pirelli has currently more than 200 homologations for the Volkswagen Group, in sizes that range from 15 to 21 inches. Another 250 homologations are currently under development, many of which will go into production within the next few years.

The long list of models currently equipped by Pirelli take in prestige cars such as the Porsche Carrera, Boxster, Cayenne and Panamera, as well as the Lamborghini Aventador and Gallardo, the Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur as well as the Audi A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q3, Q7, RS5, RS6 and TT, plus the Volkswagen Tiguan, Touareg, Phaeton and Golf.

The partnership between the two groups is not just limited to the European market but takes in other territories as well such as Latin America, Mexico and China. Pirelli and the Volkswagen Group are also engaged in joint business development in Russia and the United States.


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