Hankook is poised to be an original equipment tyre supplier for the new Mercedes-Benz flagship S-Class and E-Class saloons, further enhancing the brand’s position as an OE supplier. The popular new two Mercedes-Benz models, will get Hankook’s Ventus Prime2, size 245/55R17W, and the Ventus S1 Evo2 in size 225/50R17W.
“We are a little bit shy company, but supplying tires to Mercedes S-Class means a lot to us,” said Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO. “That’s why we are saying this is an historic day for Hankook.”
Hankook has also confirmed that it will supply Nissan, and is expanding its partnership with BMW on the 5 Series saloon, as well as the 1 and 3 Series. The BMW 5-Series will come equipped with Ventus S1 evo2s in size 225/55R17W
These two new deals mean that Hankook now has supply agreements with Germany’s Big 3 executive marques, including Audi.
Equally impressive, Hankook has also announced OE fitments on the 2014 Nissan Altima, 2013 Honda Civic, 2014 Toyota Corolla and 2013 Honda Civic. The Civic fitment is Hankook’s first with Honda Motor Co. Hankook is also poised to supply tyres for Toyota’s new Corolla and iQ minicar.
Hankook also is providing the Optima H426 in size P205/55R16H for the Civic and in size 195/65R15S for the Corolla, with the Altima gets the Optimo H426, size P215/60R16T.
Hankook has reportedly called the supply agreement with Nissan a “giant step” into its future as it marks the first Korean tyre brand to provide OE fitments to all three top Japanese vehicle brands — Toyota, Honda and Nissan.