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Hankook Tire Named Original Equipment for Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2022. 04. 12

- Hankook is the original equipment manufacturer for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class across all markets, with three different tire types for summer, winter and all-season
- The comfort, safety and performance of Hankook’s tires contributed significantly to the decision of the luxury vehicle manufacturer

Nashville, Tenn. April 11, 2022 – Global leading tire company Hankook Tire is equipping the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class for the first time, with three different tire types for summer, winter and all-season conditions. Hankook’s tires will be equipped with the “MO” label on the tire wall, which stands for “Mercedes Original.” Only tires with this seal of approval are approved as original equipment for a Mercedes-Benz vehicle.

Mercedes Original tires must be perfectly matched to the respective vehicle model and have to fulfill up to 50 criteria to meet the strict quality requirements of the Mercedes-Benz Group for safety, precision and comfort.

“We are very proud to be the original equipment supplier for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class,” said Jeongho Park, Executive Vice President and Director of OE Division at Hankook Tire. “The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is considered the absolute top of the luxury segment in the global automotive industry. We see this as confirmation that our products meet the highest requirements across different markets.”

Multiple Hankook tire dimensions and types for the top model

While Hankook outfitted a previous Mercedes-Benz model, the premium car manufacturer has now included Hankook as original equipment manufacturer for a large number of different tire sizes and types following its approval for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. For the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Hankook supplies three different tire types for summer, winter and all-season in a range of different sizes.

Hankook Sound Absorber™ for noise comfort

In the U.S., the Ventus S1 noble 2 in size 255/40 R 20 features the “MOE-S” label (Mercedes Original Extended Silent) on the tire wall, indicating that the tire is particularly quiet. In order to meet the stringent noise requirements for this category, Hankook engineers applied Hankook Sound Absorber™. This involves integrating a special polyurethane foam plate into the tire body during the manufacturing process. The plate minimizes the vibrations of the air column inside the tire. Sound absorber tires can reduce the peak noise level by five to seven dB(A) and are particularly suitable for ultra-high-performance tires with small cross-sections but large overall resonance cavities.

Complex simulation tools were used when developing tires for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, especially when optimizing the pass-by noise. These tools make it possible to precisely compare the values calculated in advance with the actual noise development of prototype tires. While the main development work took place at Hankook’s high-tech R&D center Hankook Technodome, which opened in 2016, the engineers mainly used test tracks in Germany, Finland or Spain for practical testing.

Run-flat versions also released

The Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3, in addition to the Hankook Winter i*cept evo 2, the global leading tire manufacturer also meets the extreme requirements of a run-flat tire and has earned the MOE seal of approval on the tire wall. The Mercedes-Benz Group uses the “MOE” (Mercedes Original Extended) label to designate run-flat tires with reinforced sidewalls. They can continue to be driven at up to 50 mph even in the event of a sudden loss of pressure. They guarantee sufficient mobility even in the event of a flat tire, allowing the driver to get from the motorway or a country road to the nearest Mercedes-Benz dealership, for example. The Hankook run-flat tires are characterized by a high level of driving comfort, since they only pass on the bumps in the road to the chassis.

In the U.S., an important market for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, high speed indices play a minor role due to restrictive speed limits. However, this important market for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has extremely high requirements when it comes to ride and noise comfort. These are all criteria for which the all-weather tires from Hankook were selected. American customers of this luxury model benefit from the excellent properties of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble 2 in size 255/45 R 19 and in the run-flat design.

Improved performance for winter tires

In the European market, the Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 summer tires range from size 255/50 R 18 to 285/40 R 19. The Mercedes-Benz Group has approved the Hankook Winter i*cept evo 2 in sizes 255/50 R 18 and 255/45 R 19 as winter tires for its top model. The Hankook engineers were able to significantly improve the driving behavior of both tire types with an aramid hybrid reinforcement belt.

The Hankook Winter i*cept evo 2 also boasts a further optimized tread stiffness, which is of benefit in terms of handling and mileage. “During the transition from the first to the second casting, we applied additional cross-braces and a lower tread depth,” said Moonhwa Hong, Senior Vice President and CTO of OE Development Department at Hankook Tire. “Narrower, lateral tread grooves and a modified contour on the second upper groove once again brought about measurable progress in terms of noise comfort.”

Improvements in the manufacturing process

The Hankook engineers also identified potential for improvement in the manufacturing process. The all-season and winter tires in particular have benefited from a new mold release method. While the even separation of the green tire and the mold was previously ensured by eight mold sectors with almost identical angles, Hankook now uses nine or eleven sectors with different angles. The result of this is that the tires now meet the strict uniformity goals of the premium manufacturer even better than before, while also boasting more harmonious rolling characteristics.

Size overview of Hankook tires for the Mercedes S-Class (W223)
Dimension Model Technology Tread
255/45 R19 104Y XL Summer MO   Ventus S1 evo 3 (K127)
285/40 R19 107Y XL Summer MO (RA)   Ventus S1 evo 3 (K127)
255/45 R19 104H XL All Season MOE (NAR) HRS Ventus S1 noble 2 (H452B)
255/40 R20 101H XL All Season MOE-S (NAR) HRS, Hankook Sound Absorber™ Ventus S1 noble 2 (H452B)
285/35 R20 104H XL All Season MOE-S (NAR, RA) HRS, Hankook Sound Absorber™ Ventus S1 noble 2 (H452B)
MO: Mercedes Original
MOE: Mercedes Original Extended
MOE-S: Mercedes Original Extended Silent
HRS: Hankook Runflat System
NAR: only available in North America
RA: only for use on the rear axle (otherwise front and rear axle)