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Date11/22/2018 Hits1,710

CategoryCorporate

Hankook Tire’s winter tires give a convincing performance in European tire tests

With tire models Winter i*cept RS 2, i*cept Evo 2 and i*Pike RS 2, tire manufacturer Hankook Tire provides a choice of three outstanding winter tires for the upcoming cold season. All three models obtained top scores in the tire tests conducted by European specialist magazines and testing organizations and are continuing the success of the 2017 test season.

November 22, 2018 (Seoul, Korea) - Hankook Tire is ready for winter. The tire manufacturer kicks off the cold season with three outstanding tire models. The Winter i*cept RS 2, Winter i*cept Evo 2 and Winter i*Pike RS 2 tires scored above-average results in comparative tests throughout Europe. Above all, the independent testers from specialist media from Germany, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom praised the handling and braking characteristics of Hankook Tire tires on snow. Hankook Tire's success model for moderate latitudes such as Central and Western Europe – Winter i*cept RS 2 – was among the top-rated tires in several tests conducted by German and English specialist magazines. The tire convinced testers above all by its "excellent handling properties in all weather conditions” (Autobild, Germany, 38/2018). The Winter i*cept RS 2 proved to be "highly reliable, precise and providing powerful traction" (auto motor sport, Germany, 21/2018) and with impressive safety and excellent manageability on both wet and dry roads (Auto Express, UK, 09/2018). The Winter i*cept RS 2 tire thereby continues the good test results of the previous year.

Another tire which is designed for winter road conditions in Central and Western Europe is Hankook Tire’s Winter i*cept Evo 2. The ultra-high performance winter tire impressed above all with its strong braking performance on snow-covered roads and provided optimum grip on bends and corners. The tire tread "offers exemplary traction properties when braking on snow". In addition, Hankook Tire’s i*cept Evo 2 is "easy to manage in wet conditions" while providing "safe understeering" on dry roads (sport auto, Germany, 11/2018). For snowy regions with permafrost in winter such as Scandinavia and Russia, Hankook Tire offers the i*Pike RS 2 model. The studded winter tires reached top positions in recent tests conducted by Russian and Scandinavian testing magazines. It impressed above all with excellent braking properties on snow and equally outstanding lateral traction on ice (Za Rulem, Russia, 09/2018). Hankook Tire developed the new tread with major involvement from its own test center in Ivalo in Northern Finland, which has been carrying out comprehensive tests on winter tires particularly destined for Europe since it opened at the beginning of 2017.

""We are extremely proud of the many good test results for our current winter tire models in different countries,” says Han-Jun Kim, President of Hankook Tire Europe. "Regularly scoring such good and very good results for our winter tires in independent tire tests throughout Europe and the CIS show that we can offer consumers suitable products for a wide range of applications on these demanding markets."

Magazine Issue Country Model Tire size: Result
Autobild 38/2018 Germany Winter i*cept RS 2 195/65 R 15 H Good
auto motor sport 21/2018 Germany Winter i*cept RS 2 205/55 R 16 H Recommended
sport auto 11/2018 Germany Winter i*cept Evo 2 FA: 235/40 R 18 V
RA: 255/35 R 18 V
Recommended
Auto Express 09/2018 UK Winter i*cept RS 2 205/55 R 16 H 99 % (2nd place from 8)
Aftonbladet 11/10/2018 Sweden Winter i*Pike RS 2 205/55 R 16 T 4 stars (3rd place from 12)
Za Rulem 09/2018 Russia Winter i*Pike RS 2 195/65 R 15 T 2nd place from 12
Tekniikan Maailma 17/2018 Finland Winter i*Pike RS 2 205/55 R 16 T 4 stars (best result)
Moottori Finland Winter i*Pike RS 2 205/55 R 16 T Recommended for ice/snow

Winter icept Evo 2 (1) Winter icept Evo 2 (2) Winter icept Evo 2 (3) Hankook Tire Technotrac


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