Michelin Replaces Primacy MXV4 with the New Premier A/S

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Michelin is known in the tire industry and by drivers worldwide for their technology and innovation. In 1946, Michelin produced the first radial tire. In 1992, Michelin introduced high silica rubber compounds and Green X technology. Continuing to develop new and exciting products, this year Michelin released the first tire with Evergrip Technology, the Premier A/S.  

What is Evergrip Technology? Simply stated, it reduces the rate of decline in wet traction. The Michelin Premier A/S retains more of its outstanding wet traction as it wears down. 

There are three main components to how this helps the tire perform:

  • Sunflower oil additive in the rubber compound maintains wet traction even in lower temperatures. 
  • Extreme silica acts to further improve wet traction throughout the life of the tire.
  • Emerging Grooves widen as the tire wears, reducing hydroplaning.  
 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4
 Michelin Premier A/S
Michelin Premier A/S

This technology is so effective that Michelin is choosing the Premier A/S as the replacement tire for its top-of-the-line Grand Touring All-Season option, the Primacy MXV4. Already an outstanding tire, I installed the Primacy MXV4 on one of my own vehicles. You can read about my experience with this tire in a post titled, "Best All-Weather Tires for Mazda CX-7."

Why did Michelin place such a focus on wet traction? Keep in mind that accidents are more likely to happen on wet roads compared to dry. Drivers rank the ability to stop when a tire when is worn compared to when new as a top consideration when they're purchasing a new set of tires. The Michelin Premier A/S delivers that additional margin of safety when you need it the most!  

Shop by vehicle to see if this tire is available for your application.

Comments on Michelin Replaces Primacy MXV4 with the New Premier A/S

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Jack:
Can I mix both on same car! I only need 2 replacements
Friday, November 21, 2014 by Gary:

We do not suggest mixing different tires on the same vehicle. It is best to have four matching tires.
Sunday, November 30, 2014 by Julie:
I understand it's better to have 4 matching tires, but I have 2 newer Michelin Primacy tires, and really only need 2 new Premier AS tires. The guy at Sears said they have different turning radii, and I can't mix them. Is that true? I have an '05 Subaru Forester.
Monday, December 1, 2014 by Gary:

With an all-wheel drive vehicle like the Subaru Forester, we do not recommend mixing different tires, sorry.

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