New Hankook all-season, winter van tyres

Hankook Vantra ST AS2 (l) & Winter i*cept LV

Winter is on its way, and Hankook Tire has released two new tyres to keep vans on the move in the colder months. The Hankook Vantra ST AS2 is a completely new all-season tyre for vans and light commercial vehicles. Those who prefer a dedicated winter tyre can choose the Hankook Winter i*cept LV.

According to Hankook Tire, the Vantra ST AS2 gains its grip at lower temperatures thanks to something called ‘Ice-Philic-Technology’. This is an optimised soft tread compound that maximises the tyre’s contact patch. Vantra ST AS2 is 3PMSF certified and available in 15 sizes for 14- to 16-inch rim diameters, tread widths of 185 to 235 mm and 80 to 60 aspect ratios and Q, R, S, T and H speed ratings. Further sizes are currently under development.

The latest addition to the i*cept winter tyre range is said to offer “significantly increased mileage” in addition to winter capabilities. Hankook Tire says its engineers increased mileage for the Winter i*cept LV by approximately ten per cent compared with “conventional models”. They achieved this by designing a tyre with a wider tread design and an optimised groove structure on the shoulder block that prevents irregular wear and contributes to increased mileage and economy. The Hankook Winter i*cept LV will initially be introduced in a total of 24 sizes for 15- to 17-inch rim diameters, tread widths from 175 to 235 mm and aspect ratios from 75 to 60, and R and T speed ratings.

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