New awards, test wins show quality of Hankook’s winter and all-season tyre ranges
Hankook’s comprehensive range of winter and all-season car and van tyres have been scooping up plenty of awards and recommendations over the past few years. This has been reflected in commendations for both the Kinergy 4S and 4S2 all-season models by Tyres & Accessories’ sister independent tyre comparison website WhatTyre, which considers tyres’ performance in a range of quality tyre tests, original equipment fitments, and several other metrics. In addition to the Kinergy 4S2, the manufacturer’s core all-season range includes the Vantra ST AS 2 for vans, and the Kinergy 4S2 X for SUVs, while its winter collection, including the Winter i*cept evo 3, Winter i*cept evo 3 X, Winter i*cept LV, and Winter i*cept RS 2 has also received its share of plaudits.
Falken Eurowinter HS02, HS02 Pro tyres to hit UK market this winter
Falken’s latest cold weather tyre offering is set to make its UK market debut this winter in September. Two specifications will be available: the Eurowinter HS02 and HS02 Pro. Both tyres represent the next generation of Falken’s cold-weather range. They offer significant improvements over their predecessor, the HS01, according to the manufacturer.
Winter i*cept RS3 – Hankook launches latest generation winter tyre
With the promise of shorter braking distances on snow-covered surfaces and improved handling on icy and wet roads, Hankook Tire has introduced the Hankook Winter i*cept RS3. It says this “enhanced successor to the multiple award-winning Winter i*cept RS2” uses the latest technologies to surpass its predecessor and “offer even greater levels of safety in everyday life.”
Corghi to present latest innovations at Automechanika Frankfurt
Nexion Group brand Corghi will present its latest automotive repair and maintenance innovations at Automechanika Frankfurt (September 13 to 17, Stand G96, Hall 8.0). The show will mark the brand’s return to the exhibition circuit after a break of more than two years, prompted by the pandemic. The Corghi team said it is thrilled to be able to meet customers and partners again at the trade fair that brings together the entire automotive aftermarket value chain.
During The Tire Cologne show, which took place in May, we spotted the Landsail Qirin EV concept tyre on the stand of wholesaler Inter-Sprint. It is a concept no longer, as Qingdao Sentury Tire officially debuted the tyre yesterday.
Hämmerling - The Tyre Company GmbH, a tyre wholesaler based in Paderborn, Germany and active throughout Europe, with its own Athos, Talas and Sämm tyre, is expanding its Samson product line-up to include a wide range of truck and bus tyres.
Goodyear tyres have been selected as an original fitment on the upcoming Maserati Grecale. Initially announced in March, the car is the next generation in Maserati’s SUV range. The tyre maker shares that a “sporty profile and performance” were instrumental in Maserati’s selection of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV as a factory fitment, noting that it designed and engineered the tyre to deliver performance that extracts “the most out of a car’s power and mechanical grip.”
Goodyear to showcase Total Mobility at IAA Transportation
Goodyear Total Mobility will be the central pillar of the tyre manufacturer’s IAA Transportation display at the 20-25 September Hannover show (Hall H21, Stand A70). The company wants to highlight the constituent products that allow Total Mobility customers to increase sustainability and efficiency. It will also reveal its concept for a new element to complement Goodyear Total Mobility during the event.
G.Webb moves to predictive maintenance in ContiConnect 2.0 TPMS trials
Cambridgeshire haulier G.Webb is trialling Continental’s new tyre pressure monitoring system platform, ContiConnect 2.0, fitting the latest upgrade to the majority of its fleet. The bulk haulage specialist is a long-term user of Continental Digital Solutions, and fleet engineering director Paul Broker has declared himself “a fan of the ContiConnect platform from the outset.” The new platform moves to the next step by introducing predictive maintenance, while also adding additional options via the app.
Michelin to display licensed vehicle accessories at Automechanika 2022
Michelin will showcase its non-tyre vehicle accessories at Automechanika in Frankfurt (13-17 September 2022, Stand D88 in Hall 12.1). The brand had 52 licensees in around 130 countries in 2021, together selling more than 31 million Michelin branded products. Michelin says that this puts Michelin Lifestyle Limited at number 46 in a ranking of the world’s most successful licensors. Highlights of the Michelin Automechanika stand will include high-pressure washers, Michelin Eco cleaning and car care products, the new Michelin Jump Starter range, windscreen wipers, snow chains, car mats, and hydraulic vehicle jacks capable of lifting up to three metric tons, making them particularly suitable for SUVs.
Universal solution: Titan International debuts Ultimate Flex Technology
Titan International has evolved the agricultural tyre technology seen in Increased Flexion (IF) and Very High Flexion (VF) tyres and has combining this with conventional tyre construction to create what it says is a “universal solution” for tyre replacements. It is introducing this Ultimate Flex Technology (UFT) at the Farm Progress 2022 show in the USA next week.
Continental has launched the Matador Hectorra Van, and this successor to the MPS330 Maxilla 2 is distributed exclusively through Stapleton’s (Tyre Services) Ltd. retailers. Nine popular UK sizes are available.
Goodyear top in winter, Conti best overall: Gute Fahrt all-season tyre test
Last month, Gute Fahrt published the first half of its latest all-season tyre test, remarking that the seven candidates didn’t handle wet and dry summery conditions as ably as the best summer tyres. As for how they fared in the snow, the motoring publication decided to test our patience and made us wait another four weeks before telling us. The time has come, and the news is both good and not great.
The Yaris Cross GR Sport, a tweaked version of Toyota’s small crossover, launched in Japan this month and rides on Falken Azenis FK510 SUV tyres as standard. Sumitomo Rubber Industries is supplying the tyre as original equipment in size 215/50R18 92V.
ZC Rubber has significantly expanded its Goodride Zuper Snow Z-507 range with the addition of 22 further dimensions. It says these newcomers offer “more options for drivers seeking exceptional traction and handling during the winter season.”