Mon January 30 12:00 am 2006 in category Product news
Bulletin 30 January 2006

NOKIAN HAKKAPELIITTA SPORT UTILITY 5 -


IMPRESSIVE POWER AND GRIP FOR SUVs


The Nokian Hakkapeliitta product family will expand with a potent newcomer when Nokian Tyres introduces its new Nokian Hakkapeliitta Sport Utility 5 designed for SUVs. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta Sport Utility 5 offers the same ingenious technical solutions found in the new Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 for passenger cars. In addition to their appearance, several common innovations identify the tyres as twins.

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta Sport Utility 5 was designed for the growing SUV market. It has the widest size range on the market, offering 27 different sizes up to a rim diameter of 22 inches. Consumer sales will begin in autumn 2006.

Good grip, sturdiness and durability

High-performance tyres for heavy vehicles must offer excellent grip. Well-balanced grip properties are essential when designing tyres for SUVs. Maximizing the lateral grip is of particular importance in order to ensure that the vehicle can be controlled under extreme conditions. The bear claw and upgraded square stud also enhance the grip of the new SUV tyre.

The rubber compound used in the novelty has been adapted to winter use in SUVs. The compound contains large amounts of canola oil, which improves tear resistance and grip on ice. Among other things, the tyre shows good endurance against hard blows from sharp-edged stones.

Heavy and powerful SUVs demand a lot from tyres: they must be strong and sturdy to bear big load indexes and keep high vehicles steady. The area between the shoulder blocks of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Sport Utility 5 feature a narrow, longitudinal rigid zone that gives firmness to the construction and makes the tyre particularly sturdy.

Polished main grooves

The handsome and massive SUV tyre features polished main grooves. Snow and slush come easily off the tyre along the smooth and shiny grooves. Thanks to the tread pattern, the tyre cleans easily and runs effortlessly in deep snow and slush on challenging forest and cabin roads.

Good SUV winter tyres are expected to offer versatile properties. Owners of SUVs want to enjoy their drive in gravel and deep snow, as well as on urban paved roads. Thanks to its double block structure, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Sport Utility 5 performs ideally also on bare roads. The gentle and silent tyre offers a precise driving response.

Safety from alerts, tips and indicators

Signs and alerts make winter conditions easier for SUV drivers and increase safety. Drivers can affect the resistance of studs and how they fall into place by running in brand new tyres. Calm and careful driving is recommended during the first 500 kilometres: avoid hard breaking and acceleration, as well as abrupt manoeuvres. All studs are encircled by a run-in indicator that fades at the end of the run-in.

The tyre also features a winter driving safety indicator. The tyre is safe for wintertime use as long as the snow flake symbols on the central tread blocks remain visible.

Further information: Nokian Tyres plc:

- Teppo Huovila, Product Development Manager, tel. +358 3 340 7701, teppo.huovila@nokiantyres.com

- Matti Morri, Technical Customer Service Manager, tel. +358 3 340 7621, matti.morri@nokiantyres.com

- www.nokiantyres.com & www.hakkapeliitta5.com
- Nokian Hakkapeliitta SUV 5 product presentation