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Hankook is convincing in independent product tests: 1st place in Auto Bild summer tyre test 2018

The Hankook Ventus Prime³ is the winner of the large-scale summer tyre test 2018 conducted by German automobile consumer magazine Auto Bild. Decisive factors included the best overall braking performance from all 51 examined tyre brands. The German automobile club ADAC also awarded the best mark "Good" to Hankook’s premium comfort tyre in its latest summer tyre test. The Hankook Ventus Prime³ was developed to provide an ideal blend of performance, comfort, safety and environmental friendliness. It is available on the market in more than 90 sizes for an extremely broad spectrum ranging from compact cars to luxury limousines.

Neu-Isenburg, Germany, March 12, 2018 - The Hankook Ventus Prime³ has confirmed its top performance once again in independent product tests1). Following its excellent victory in the tyre test conducted by Europe’s largest automobile consumer magazine Auto Bild in its debut season in spring 2016 and further international top placings in 2017, the comfort-champion of the successful Hankook Ventus product family has repeated its success this year again in tests by the specialist automotive press. After the renowned ADAC had awarded the Ventus Prime³ the top overall mark "Good" (best mark in the test) in its 2018 summer tyre test and praised the tyre for its outstanding braking performance as "very balanced tyre with top marks on dry roads and good in the wet", the Auto Bild followed suit. In probably the largest-scale tyre test involving 51 products2) including all the top brands, it was crowned the winner for the second time since 2016. The crucial factors included the best braking performance as a combination of wet and dry braking distance out of all brands – probably the most important safety feature for all car drivers. Auto Bild editors testified that the Hankook pattern to be the test winner with outstanding driving characteristics on wet and dry roads, precise steering behaviour, short wet and dry braking distance along with pleasant ride comfort amongst other things.

The Hankook Ventus Prime3 was developed to provide an ideal blend of performance, comfort, safety and environmental friendliness. The very good braking performance on wet surfaces was a key task for Hankook engineers during development. To achieve this, Ventus Prime³ uses a high-grip silica tread compound and a new compounding technology which provides better distribution of polymers and fillers in the tread compound. This improved both wet braking performance and rolling resistance. The effective contact surface between the tyre and the road was increased by using a specially designed, asymmetrical tread. Along with a high tread stiffness in both radial and lateral directions, and in conjunction with special “hybrid hardness” tread ribs with different hardness levels at the outer and inner shoulder areas, the Ventus Prime³ provides an exceptional dry performance. The very good dry braking performance is achieved applying chamfered tread block edges across the entire tread surface and being able to enlarge the tyre's contact surface during braking.

Newly-developed, functionalised polymers with a high molecular weight in the tread compound of the Ventus Prime³ increase its wear-resistance. The tyre is equipped with a highly-modern, lightweight, and especially sturdy Rayon carcass and a wide steel belt package including a jointless bandage and high-strength bead fillers. Besides improving handling, this ensures precise steering feedback and great control, even at high speeds. Thanks to an improved pitch design and the optimised angle of lateral profiling, as well as a sidewall optimised for air resistance, Hankook's development engineers were able to further reduce the noise level of the tyres, once again improving the tyre's comfort features.

The Hankook Ventus Prime³ is market available in more than 90 sizes with tread widths from 195 to 245 for the series 65 to 40 and speed indices H-W (210 - 270 km/h) for an extremely wide spectrum of passenger cars ranging from compact cars to luxury limousines.


1) Test results of Hankook Ventus Prime³ published in German automotive media:


Tested Size:

Test Result:


Auto Bild

205/55 R 16 91 V

"exemplary/best in test"


Auto Zeitung

215/55 R 17 94 W

"highly recommended"


Auto Bild

225/50 R 17 98 W



ADAC Motorwelt

205/55 R 16 91 V



Auto Bild

195/65 R 15 91 V

"exemplary/best in test"



2) 51 Tyre patterns pre-tested (wet/dry braking), 20 best braking patterns (combined) continued in main test.

Hankook Tire manufactures globally innovative, award winning radial tyres of proven superior quality for passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs, RVs, trucks, and buses as well as motorsports (circuit racing/rallies).

Aspiring to bring consumers the utmost excellence in product quality, technological excellence and driving satisfaction, Hankook Tire continuously invests in research and development maintaining five R&D centres and eight production facilities around the world. Bespoke tyre solutions for the European markets as well as European Original Equipment according to the requirements of leading premium car manufacturers, are developed in the company’s regional Technical Centre in Hanover/Germany. Production for the European region is taking place in the state-of-the-art manufacturing site in Rácalmás/Hungary which was inaugurated in June 2007 and is continuously being expanded. Currently around 3,000 employees produce up to 19 million tyres a year for passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks.

Hankook Tire’s European headquarters are located in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt am Main in Germany. The manufacturer operates further branches in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and Ukraine. Hankook products are sold directly through regional distributors in other local markets. Hankook Tire employs approximately 22,000 people worldwide and are selling their products in over 180 countries. Internationally leading car manufacturers rely on tyres made by Hankook for their original equipment. Approximately 30 percent of the company's global sales are generated within the European and CIS-Region. Hankook Tire has been represented in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index World (DJSI World) since 2016.

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