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Title 3/13/2009 - Hankook Ventus V12 evo Receives Top Marks in European Tire Test
Date 03/13/2009 Count 22223

Hankook Ventus V12 evo Receives Top Marks in European Tire Test

Hankook Tire Continues To Outperform the Competition
Hankook Ventus V12 evo receives top marks for braking and consistently balanced handling in `Gute Fahrt` magazine summer tire test

Wayne, N.J., March 13, 2009 - Once again Hankook Tire’s technology and excellence for their ultra-high performance tires have received the highest recommendation in comprehensive summer tire tests in Europe. German automobile magazine, Gute Fahrt (Issue 3/09), issued a purchase recommendation for Hankook’s tire Ventus V12 evo in their 2009 summer tire tests, a recommendation given to only four out of a total of eleven test candidates.

After testing the popular 17-inch (225/45 R17) on a VW Golf GTI test vehicle, the deciding criteria for the award went to the Ventus V12 evo for its excellent braking properties - the best in the industry, as repeatedly confirmed by other specialist magazines - both in wet and dry conditions. The Ventus V12 evo not only received a purchase recommendation by the Gute Fahrt testers, it was also awarded the title "attractive looking sport tire".

The current findings are not the first occasion on which the Ventus V12 evo has come out so well in a test. In Spring 2008, the Auto Bild tire testers declared (Issue 11/2008) that the new Hankook Tire ultra wide-base tire was the clear and unchallenged winner in the summer tire test. The "harmonious, safe performance combined with such a sensitive response to steering under all weather conditions" convinced the testers and won the Ventus V12 evo the best recommendation, ‘exemplary’.

“Again our Ventus-line ultra-high performance tires have proven their outstanding quality among all top tier brands,” Mr. Seung Hwa Suh, global CEO of Hankook Tire. “Hankook Tire’s indisputable development competence, especially in the ultra-high performance sector, will lead to further cutting-edge products for our sophisticated customers in future.

"Our aim is to develop tires that offer our customers maximum quality, performance and, above all, safety, without any reduction in environmental compatibility, of course. This is precisely what our development of Kontrol Technology stands for. The excellent results achieved by the Ventus V12 evo, as well as by our other ultra-high performance products in numerous independent tests by international specialist media over the past few years, underline our company`s claim to be the technological leader in the passenger car tire segment," added Mr. Suh.

Kontrol Technology is Hankook Tire’s technology philosophy that reflects how the tire should perfectly control the interaction between the driver, the car and the road while in motion. It is implemented to ensure Hankook Tire provides the greatest benefits and driving experiences to customers in terms of safety, driving comfort, handling performance and environmental friendliness.

About Hankook Tire Co., Ltd
Hankook Tire (CEO: Seung Hwa Suh) is the seventh largest and one of the fastest growing tire manufacturers in the world. It produces innovative, superior quality, and high performance radial tires for passenger cars, 4x4, SUVs, light trucks, campers, trucks, buses and for automobile motorsport. It invests approximately five per cent of revenue in research and development and develops cutting-edge technologies through its five global R&D Centres meeting regional customer demands and enhancing customer satisfaction. Selling in 185 countries around the world, the company has more than 14,000 employees. Approximately 70 percent of revenue comes from growing overseas sales.

For more information please visit www.hankooktire.com.

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.

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