Hankook Tire has been selected as the new original equipment tire manufacturer by Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). Under the terms of the agreement, Hankook Tire will be a major supplier for Freightliner Cascadia and Coronado models starting next month (May). The two flagship Freightliner trucks will be equipped with Hankook Tire’s fuel efficient AL11 steer and DL11 drive tires.
“An OE agreement like this one, with a leader such as DTNA, is yet another critical proof point of our strong brand, investment in R&D, and leading technology here in the United States,” said Bryan Woo, Vice President of Hankook Tire’s Global OE Division. “As our growth continues throughout 2012 and in the years ahead, we look forward to extending not only this relationship but also expanding further in the premium truck tire market.”
Hankook Tire’s AL11 and DL11 tires, which will be installed in Freightliner Cascadia and Corondo models, have already been recognized by the EPA with Smartway Certification for their environmental performance. AL11 Long Haul Steer tires are optimized for long haul driving conditions, providing longer mileage while its innovative pattern design offers improved steering and handling. For DL11 Long Haul Drive tires, Hankook applies a unique Three Dimensional Kerf design that minimizes abrasion while maintaining superior traction control. DL11 tires also come with a whole new pattern design and compound developed specifically to achieve seamless performance and increased fuel efficiency for the Freightliners. Supply will begin in May of this year.