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Title 5/18/2006 - Hankook Tire to Supply OE Tires for Ford Focus
Date 05/19/2006 Count 11311

Hankook Tire to Supply OE Tires for Ford Focus

WAYNE, NJ (May 18, 2006) - Hankook Tire America Corp. announced that its Optimo H725 All-Season touring tires will be original equipment on Ford Focus beginning with June 2006 vehicle production. The Focus will be fitted with P195/60R15T size tires.

"This new Ford Focus application for our tires is another major step forward in growing our brand position here in the United States" offered Bill Bainbridge, Marketing Director at Hankook Tire America Corp. "As more and more OE vehicle manufacturers select our brand with confidence, that will translate to driving more consumers to look for the Hankook brand when choosing replacement tires."

The Hankook Optimo H725 tire has been specially designed for smaller passenger cars where road-handling is just as important as fuel economy. At Ford, in addition to this new Focus fitment, Hankook continues to be a major OE source on the popular Ford F-150 Pick-Up and Econoline E-250 and E-350 full size vans.

Globally, Hankook currently supplies tires to Ford, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Kia, Volvo, GM, and Mitsubishi, among others.

Hankook Tire is a technology-focused, market-driven company with manufacturing facilities around the world and research and development on three continents. Hankook Tire manufactures and markets a full range of Passenger, High Performance, Ultra-High Performance, Light and Medium Truck, Winter Radial, Original Equipment, and Truck and Bus Radial Tires.

For more information regarding Hankook supplying original equipment tires for the Ford Focus, please contact:

Bill Bainbridge
Marketing Director
Hankook Tire America Corp.
1-800-HANKOOK ext. 531
Email: wbainbridge@hankooktireusa.com

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