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Premium tire maker Hankook presents the new Winter i*cept LV for vans and transporters. On the latest model of the popular high-performance i*cept series Hankook engineers successfully increased mileage by about 10% compared to conventional models, despite a wider tread design. An optimised groove structure on the shoulder block prevents irregular wear. The Hankook Winter i*cept LV will initially be introduced in a total of 24 sizes from 15 - 17 inches with tread widths from 175 - 235 mm and aspect ratios from 75 - 60 in the R and T speed indices. Furthermore, Hankook is also expanding its portfolio for the van and light truck segment with the new Vantra ST AS 2, an all-season tire with the 3PMSF symbol. The specially developed "Ice-Philic-Technology", ensures increased grip even at lower temperatures.

Hankook’s new all-season tire line-up is now available on the European market in 15 sizes from 14 to 16 inches with tread widths of 185 - 235 mm and aspect ratios of 80 - 60 in the speed ratings Q, R, S, T and H. Further sizes are currently under development. In addition, the existing winter line-up in the passenger car segment has been further revised. The ultra-high-performance Winter i*cept evo 2 and Winter i*cept evo 2 SUV treads with asymmetrical tread design, ensure sporty, comfortable handling on wet and dry roads as well as good traction and braking performance even on snowy surfaces. The Hankook Winter i*cept evo 2 is available in a total of 109 sizes from 15 - 20 inches with tread widths from 185 - 295 mm and aspect ratios from 30 - 65 and speed ratings T, H, V and W, mainly as a version with increased load capacity (extra load ‒ XL). The Hankook Winter i*cept evo 2 SUV is available in 50 sizes from 15 – 21 inches with tread widths from 215 – 315 mm and aspect ratios from 35 - 75 and speed ratings T to W. Different dimensions are also offered with HRS (Hankook Runflat System) technologies or as Hankook SEALGUARD.

The Winter i*cept RS 2, specially developed for compact and mid-range cars and optimised for the winter conditions prevailing in Central and Western Europe, is now available in 66 sizes from 13 - 17 inches with tread widths from 135 - 225 mm, conditions and aspect ratios from 80 - 45 as well as T, H and V speed codes. In addition, Hankook has restructured and further expanded its all-season line-up for passenger cars and SUVs for the 2019 season. With the all-season Kinergy 4S 2 for passenger cars and Kinergy 4S 2 X for SUVs, Hankook offers an alternative for predominantly urban areas. The V-shaped tread pattern and the tread compound, which makes use, among other things, of natural oil components, ensure stable driving and braking behaviour throughout the year, able to cope with a wide range of temperatures. For the 2019/2020 winter season, Hankook offers the Kinergy 4S 2 in 56 dimensions from 14 to 19 inches with aspect ratios in 70 to 35 and tread widths from 165 to 255 mm in the T, H, V, W and Y speed codes. The Kinergy 4S 2 X is currently available in ten sizes from 17 to 20 inches with aspect ratios in 65 - 45 and tread widths from 215 to 275 mm in H, V and W speed codes.

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