Hankook is to equip the Fiat 500 and Panda with its Kinergy Eco² tyre in 175/65R14T size as original equipment. The tyre is designed to provide the best mileage while not sacrificing driving performance.
The Kinergy Eco² adapts a newly developed compound with optimised crosslinking density and a combination of high loading fillers and high molecular weight-functionalised polymer, resulting in a much more enhanced wet and wear performance.
The profile for wear was also improved by increasing the contact width and a new pattern applied with optimised contact ratio. With such technologies, Kinergy Eco² has gained the highest grade, grade A (RRC below 6.5), from the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union’s labelling of tyres.
Along with the environmental aspects, Kinergy Eco²’s strong points lies in its wet and dry performance. A number of features were altered from the previous model to improve wet performance, starting from wide lateral shoulder grooves that were incorporated into the internal blocks, the aqua-edge technology that improves wet braking, and to optimum chamfers and increased centre block stiffness, new technologies and designs were introduced to resolve hydroplaning.
With the addition of Fiat, Hankook Tire continues to expand its global automotive partnership and successfully supplying original equipment tyres for 46 automakers.