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Title 07/15/2014 - Further Original Equipment Success for Hankook Tire on Premium Cars
Date 07/23/2014 Count 11947

Further Original Equipment Success for Hankook Tire on Premium Cars


  • Hankook Tire's products again fitted to the stylish new edition of 2014 MINI
  • The first generation of the BMW Group's premium small car has been fitted with Hankook Tire's products since 2011
  • Various treads to be factory equipped in the suitable MINI sizes of 15, 16, and 17 inches, partially with emergency running properties
  • All tires supplied directly to the MINI production sites from the company's European high-end tire production plant in Hungary

July 15th, 2014 (Seoul, Korea) - Hankook Tire, the leading and one of the fastest growing tire companies in the world, has been selected to supply the original equipment tires for the recently presented new MINI models ONE, ONE D, COOPER, COOPER D and COOPER S. The company’s original equipment supply portfolio has thereby been significantly expanded with the new edition of the sporty premium small car.

Aside from the 15 inch basic tires for the ONE and COOPER models, as well as 16 inch for the COOPER S, a sporty 17 inch Hankook Tire option is also available for the first time. In addition to the standard versions, Hankook Tire also supplies the 16 and 17 inch versions with the Hankook Runflat System (HRS) as tire sets with emergency running properties. Various summer patterns suiting each car’s respective engine power are utilized here to effectively support the sporty-direct handling of the MINI. For the North American market, the company also supplies an all-season tread in all three sizes with 15 inch in the standard and 16 and 17 inch in the runflat version.

The extended original equipment portfolio mirrors the further intensifying relationships with the BMW Group. In addition to the MINI, Hankook Tire’s products are already being fitted as original equipment on five other models from the Munich-based premium automobile manufacturer (BMW 1-, 3-, 4- and 5-series, as well as the X5). The MINI's chassis with its go-kart style handling properties places special requirements on the tires. They must optimally transfer the performance of the vehicle in order to support the renowned, typical MINI character.

"We have shown that our summer and all-season tires ideally highlight the driving characteristics of the MINI without neglecting important safety and environmental parameters like wet grip or rolling resistance", explained Mr. Byung-il Woo, Vice President of Global OE Division at Hankook Tire. "We are very happy that our tires have made a positive performance impression with the previous MINI generation and that we are now again fitted as an original equipment to the new MINI edition with an extended tire portfolio."

Tire Size

 

Tread:

Application:

HRS*

175/65 R 15 H

Hankook Kinergy Eco

Summer

-

175/65 R 15 H

Hankook Optimo H426

All-Season

-

195/55 R 16 V

Hankook Optimo H426

All-Season

195/55 R 16 W

Hankook Ventus Prime²

Summer

-

195/55 R 16 W

Hankook Ventus Prime²

Summer

205/45 R 17 V

Hankook Optimo H426

All-Season

205/45 R 17 W

Hankook Ventus S1 evo²

Summer

* HRS: Hankook Runflat System

 

About Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.

Hankook Tire (Vice Chairman & CEO: Seung Hwa Suh) is the leading and one of the fastest growing tire companies in the world. As a tire manufacturer dedicated to contribute to advancement in driving, Hankook Tire intensively invests in research and development via five R&D centers around the world. Applying the newest innovative technologies and solutions, it produces superior quality and high performance radial tires for passenger cars, 4x4s, SUVs, light trucks, campers, trucks, buses and motorsports at its seven manufacturing facilities in four different countries. Hankook Tire currently employs approximately 20,000 people around the world, and its products are available worldwide in over 180 countries.

For more information, please visit Hankook Tire’s global website at www.hankooktire.com/global.

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