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Continental strengthens Scandinavia winter truck tyre range

Continental says it has completed its Scandinavia range of winter truck tyres with the addition of a 22.5-inch tyre line.

The Conti Scandinavia HS3 steer axle tyre and Conti Scandinavia HD3 drive axle tyres are available as of now, while the Conti Scandinavia HT3 trailer tyre will be available in June.

The tyre maker says the mileage of the Conti Scandinavia HS3 has been increased by as much as 10 per cent over that of the Generation 2 and fuel efficiency has been improved by up to five per cent. The new Conti Scandinavia HD3 offers very good traction in snow and excellent wet grip, it adds.

“As our customers face tougher market demands, they expect us to deliver higher-performance products,” says Hinnerk Kaiser, head of tyre development at Continental. “For the Generation 3 winter tyres we pooled our tyre expertise and brought new technologies into play in order to push the performance envelope.

“As a result, the new Scandinavia product line plays a decisive part in increasing driver safety and helps keep the vehicles running smoothly even in extreme conditions. These winter tyres offer all the necessary traction without compromising on mileage and service life.”

The advances in this winter tyre range have been achieved in many different ways, as Kaiser continues: “We decided to use a higher natural rubber content so as to further improve rolling resistance and maximise flexibility in low temperatures.

“This new winter compound offers very good traction in exacting winter conditions. The two-stage siping technology increases safety and optimises rolling resistance. And the compound ratios are designed to give the tyres better wear properties, enabling them to deliver higher mileage over a longer service life.”

According to Continental, its Conti Scandinavia HS3 offers maximum steering stability and optimal water drainage at the steer axle thanks to pocket sipe technology. The innovative pattern design features a large number of sipes for optimal traction on wintry roads. Stone trapping is minimised by the pattern geometry, with beveled flanks set at different angles.

The Conti Scandinavia HD3 new drive axle tyre rises to numerous challenges posed by wintry roads, the company adds.

This is thanks to reliable power transmission to the road, directional control through corners and the ability to transfer the full braking power generated by the truck’s service brake or retarder.

Key to achieving these goals is the new pattern geometry. The longitudinal groove prevents stone trapping through a zigzag arrangement with beveled flanks set at different angles, while beveled edges make for a more stone-resistant design.

The Conti Scandinavia HT3 features innovative siping technology, which delivers a high level of safety. Pocket sipes provide good stability in turning and braking maneuvers, while the tyre’s wide shoulders safely withstand strong lateral forces.

Over the course of its usage cycle, the new Conti Scandinavia Generation 3 transitions from a winter specialist into an all-season tyre. As the tyre’s winter tread wears down, its two-phase tread design provides a much higher tread area in the summer – with direct benefits in terms of directional stability.

With its lower rolling resistance and two-phase tread design, the new Scandinavia winter tyres also shine when it comes to fuel consumption, while a further increase in total mileage means a marked drop in operating costs. The innovative casing technology of these tyres means they can also be retreaded, thereby reducing its environmental impact.