Hankook Launches New Tires at Dealer Meeting - Tire Review Magazine

Hankook Launches New Tires at Dealer Meeting

Earlier this week at its dealer meeting in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Hankook Tire America Corp. introduced eight new products: three passenger tires and five medium truck tires.

New on the passenger side are the Ventus V4ES H105, an all-season UHP tire; the Ventus V2 Concept, a “base” UHP tire designed for economy and comfort; and the all-season Optimo H724, first introduced at last year’s SEMA Show.

The Ventus V2 Concept features compounding designed to extend tread life and improve snow traction. Beginning in June, it will be available in 22 sizes ranging from 15- to 17- inch wheel diameters. Eight sizes will be designated extra-load.

The Optimo H724 will be available in March in nine sizes, with 30 more sizes introduced by the end of June. The sizes, 26 of which are blackwall and 13 of which are whitewall, range from 13- to 17-inch in diameter.

The following tires were introduced on the medium truck side:

• DL11, a SmartWay certified long-haul drive tire, features a new fuel-efficient tread compound, according to the tiremaker.

• DL07, a long-haul drive tire that eventually will replace the DL01, features superior tread traction, a 31/32-inch deep tread depth and a new sidewall design, Hankook said.

• AL11, a SmartWay certified long-haul steer tire, features a new fuel-efficient tread compound, enhanced decoupling groove and a new sidewall design, the company said.

• AH24, a regional-haul all-position tire designed to promote long life with new compounding and an extra-wide and deep tread pattern.

• DH06, a regional-haul drive tire, features an open shoulder design, a 28/32-inch tread depth and wide tread grooves.

The DL07 is currently available, while the remaining medium truck tires will be available in the third quarter. All the offerings will be available in four sizes: 11R22.5, 11R24.5, 295/75R22.5 and 285/75R24.5.

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