Hankook manufactures premium high-performance tyres for a wide range of vehicle categories from cars to trucks as well as for motorsport. Much of the development and production takes place in Europe for the European market, including original equipment for Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and VW.
A reliable performance 365 days a year without changing tyres – this was the aim of developing the Hankook Kinergy 4S2. The tyre compound, which has a high share of natural raw materials, guarantees high grip even at low temperatures, while the extra-wide grooves disperse water and slush efficiently to the sides. Yet even when the summer heat makes demands on the tyre, it impresses with short braking distances due to the solid block structure. The performance package of the Kinergy 4S2 is rounded off by a low rolling noise due to the zigzag pattern in the centre of the tread.
Wide lateral grooves Improved drainage performance with wide, high angled grooves.
Serrated edge groove Serrated edge design at the end of the tread block maximises the effects of the block edge and enhances winter driving performance.
Innovative compound The new generation silica compound is based on natural ingredients.
High-grip silica compound Outstanding wet grip as well as reliable grip even at low temperatures
Seamlessly reinforced belt cover Guarantees high tread rigidity
2 wide steel belt layers Ensures a long service life in combination with the stable sidewall.
Balanced carcass line made of polyester Improves the rigidity and resistance of the sidewall.
Use of special bead filler Stable handling and steering behaviour.
Extremely firm bead core Improved uniformity and a good fit on the rim.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
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