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Hankook presents its new city bus tyre SmartCity AU04+ with an even longer service life

In the stop-and-go business of city traffic bus tyres must be able to withstand a heavy load and guarantee safe and efficient use at the same time. With the SmartCity AU04+ Hankook is launching the ideal city bus tyre on the market. The improved tread of the all-season tyre ensures as low and as even a wear as possible. The innovative tread compound and new tyre structure guarantee high safety and make efficient and eco-friendly use in city traffic a reality. Thus Hankook has a comprehensive range of city bus tyres available, comprising the AU03, AU03+ and the new SmartCity AU04+.

Neu-Isenburg, Germany,  10 April 2018 – Premium tyre maker Hankook is extending its range for city buses by a new tyre line: SmartCity AU04+. The bus tyre for city traffic impresses through efficient fuel consumption and maximum wear resistance. The tread design has been adapted. An improved rib spacing, stabilising 3D tread blocks and optimised zigzag grooves ensure outstanding traction without restricting mileage. The constant starting and stopping in city traffic puts a heavy and irregular load on bus tyres. “For this reason, Hankook has adapted the shoulder width and design for the SmartCity AU04+, thus guaranteeing more even wear. The improved structure of the new tread compound makes the tyre much more heat-resistant, thus reducing wear and make a longer service life possible“, adds Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Krause, Hankook’s Vice President and Head of the European Technical Center in Hanover.

The safety aspect is a major factor for Hankook during tyre development. The entire city tyre range from Hankook implements this claim. Like the AU03+, the SmartCity AU04+ is characterised by a reinforced sidewall. This protects the tyre from damage following contact with kerbstones. In addition, all three city bus tyre models have impressive brake distance values; the AU04+ stands out particularly through its excellent behaviour in wet road conditions due to the improved sipe arrangement. The deep sidewall indicator on the SmartCity AU04+ makes it easier to determine the tyre condition and thus supports timely damage prevention.

The SmartCity AU04+ is available in size 275/70R22.5 and has the M+S marking as well as the 3PMSF symbol (3 Peak Mountain Snowflake).

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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Hankook Tire Europe GmbH | Corporate Communications Europe/CIS | Siemensstr. 14, 63263 Neu-Isenburg | Germany

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