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Title 8/21/2008 - Hankook AL07+ Offers Features that Increase Durability and Fuel Efficiency
Date 08/25/2008 Count 9906

Hankook AL07+ Offers Features that Increase Durability and Fuel Efficiency

WAYNE, NEW JERSEY, Aug. 21, 2008 - The new AL07+ long-haul steer tire from Hankook sets a new standard in commercial tires by utilizing the most innovative technology available to increase both durability and fuel efficiency.

“Hankook’s AL07+ is truly a great innovation for truckers everywhere,” said Brian Sheehey, commercial tires director, Hankook Tire America Corp. “We’ve been able to utilize a number of new technologies that Hankook has developed during the past couple of years to create the best commercial tire on the market. Fleet owners will see a significant increase in durability, performance and fuel efficiency by using this tire.”

Hankook Tire’s new product for the trucking industry uses a breakthrough mixing system to ensure longer tread life without sacrificing performance or safety. Hankook calls the process Innovative Mixing System (IMS), which reinforces a stronger bond of the materials and generates lower heat - both characteristics improve tire life. Other innovations also improve the tire’s durability.

The AL07+ has a unique decoupling groove to maximize tread wear. By minimizing the coupling movement between the tread and sidewall, this new groove helps decrease the amount of heat generated and is less susceptible to tearing. Also, the profile of the tire is designed to wear evenly thanks to Hankook’s Stiffness Control Contour Technology (SCCT). This latest piece of technology allows the internal force on the carcass to be distributed evenly around the tire to prevent concentrations in one specific point. Not only does this aid tire durability, this feature also helps extend the ability for retreading.

The tread design of the AL07+ includes four straight grooves that help improve fuel efficiency and handling. In addition, the grooves become more aggressive throughout wear to make sure performance isn’t sacrificed when tread depth is eroded.

Hankook Tire has proven reliability by producing global fitments for International Truck. Other original equipment fitments include: Audi, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen and Chrysler.

About Hankook Tire America Corp.
Headquartered in Wayne, N.J., Hankook Tire America Corp. is a technology-focused, market-driven company that markets and distributes a complete line of high performance and ultra-high performance passenger tires, light truck, SUV tires, as well as medium truck and bus tires to more than 400 independent dealers through 3000+ retail sales locations in the United States and Canada.

For more information, please visit the Hankook website at www.hankooktireusa.com.

Media Contacts:
Bill Bainbridge Cindy Kamerad Melissa Vander Laan
Director of Brand Communication Account Director Senior Account Executive
Hankook Tire America Corp Weber Shandwick Weber Shandwick
Phone: 973-633-9000 x 531 Phone: 248-203-8112 Phone: 248-203-8154
wbainbridge@hankooktireusa.com ckamerad@webershandwick.com mvanderlaan@webershandwick.com

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