New competitor in all-season market introduced by Hankook

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Hankook has introduced the Kinergy 4S tire in the all-season segment, which can be used all year round even in countries with winter tire requirements.

The Kinergy 4S combines the advantages of a summer tire – short braking distances and good driving characteristics on both wet and dry surfaces at higher temperatures – with the benefits of a winter tire, especially in the areas of traction and braking performance under cold conditions or with moderate snowfall.

The shoulder of the Kinergy 4S has been given a larger block structure in combination with stepped tie bars between the blocks, which meets the requirements of driving in dry conditions at higher temperatures. Its five-rib tread design also offers improved stability.

Special summer sipes on the outer tread blocks deliver better steering precision even when driving briskly on a dry surface. Meanwhile, the extra-wide belt package and highly dispersed silica tread compound for maximum bonding of silica and rubber improve the durability of the tire and reduce wear.

Four main grooves, the outer of which has a slanted design, ensure optimum drainage by shedding water (or even slush) from the tread more efficiently and effectively guarding against hydro- or slush planning.

May 27, 2015 

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