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Hankook launches new all-season bus tyre

Hankook has launched the Smart Touring AL22, the brand’s new all-season bus and coach tyre.

Available globally, the Smart Touring AL22 now enters the Asian market having already gained resounding approval for its high quality and reliability in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Specifically designed for bus and coach applications, the Smart Touring AL22 is said by the tyre maker to provide exceptional comfort and maximum mileage that makes it a perfect choice for long-haul travel.

The Smart Touring AL22 features an intricate combination of zig-zag and straight-groove tread patterns to ensure excellent straight-line driving performance at all times. Its tread also features an optimised central rib for low rolling resistance and handling stability to ensure maximum mileage and handling performance.

Moreover, the pattern is structurally arranged in a way that significantly reduces rolling noise, resulting in outstanding ride comfort. It has even acquired the highest grade in the PBN (pass-by noise) level based on the European regulations.

Fuel savings has been achieved by the tread compound, a black carbon compound in a polymeric structure that offers enhanced abrasion resistance. Furthermore, a special Multi-3D Kerf guarantees both good traction and an outstanding braking response at high speeds, according to Hankook.

Hankook is expanding its original equipment (OE) portfolio in the commercial vehicle segment. For example, the company last year released its first-ever dedicated electric bus tyre Smart City AU06. This innovative urban bus tyre features a block design modeled after electric circuits and is equipped with innovative technology to increase efficiency of electric buses.

“The characteristics of the Smart Touring AL22 not only allow maximum travel comfort for passengers, they also maximise driving and handling comfort for the driver,” says Sooil Lee, president and CEO of Hankook Tire & Technology. “We aim to target the global bus tyre market with our AL22 for regional and long-distance travel, AU04 for short distance and downtown drive, and AU06 for electric bus market.”