LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hankook introduced a new DL07 line-haul drive tire at the Mid-America Trucking Show that features an aggressive block pattern for improved traction and performance in all weather conditions.
The tire, which will also be available in Canada, is designed to provide a premium offering that’s affordable for small fleets and owner/operators, said Brian Sheehey, director of commercial tires with Hankook Tire America.
The DL07 uses wider and deeper, four-channel zig-zag grooves with stone ejector platforms to reduce stone drilling on the groove bottom and extend removal mileage, the company said. A new casing construction is designed to improve durability and retreadability.
Hankook says the tire will go head-to-head with competitive offerings such as the Michelin XDA5, Goodyear G372A and Bridgestone M726EL.
“We recognize that in these tough economic times return-on-investment and cost-per-mile is crucial within the commercial tire industry,” said Sheehey. “The DL07 delivers exceptional value, increased fuel efficiency and next generation technology all backed by one of the industry’s best commercial tire warranties, with a price tag that’s lower than the competition.”
The new tire is initially available in size 285/75R24.5 (14PR) with additional sizes to come later in the year. The DL07 was not designed to SmartWay requirements, the company pointed out.
Hankook officials also boasted of a strong 2009, in which the company increased sales, improved market share and did it at a profit, said Bill Bainbridge, director of brand communications with Hankook. He also pointed out Hankook has moved well beyond being a container-based company and now has a number of warehouses in North America as well as a technical centre in Akron, Ohio. The company reinvests 5% of its revenue back into research and development, he pointed out.
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