Mon June 23 12:26 pm 2014 in category Product news

Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck D - Winter grip and stability for the main roads, new sizes available

Nokian Tyres developed and manufactured the world´s first winter tyre in 1934. This year will mark the 80th anniversary of the “Kelirengas”. The “Kelirengas” was intended for trucks, and it was designed to bring grip and reliable steering to the snowy and narrow roads.

The inventor of the world's first winter tyre continues its work today as a winter safety pioneer. Nokian Heavy Tyres is introducing two new sizes of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck D truck and bus tyre that is designed for winter conditions. This addition means that the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck D winter traction tyre is now available in the most common sizes. In addition to the existing size of 315/80R22.5, the sizes 295/80R22.5 and 315/70R22.5 will be available in the end of the summer of 2014. 

Due to its exceptional, Hakkapeliitta grip, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck D is a reliable performer on the rough Northern roads. The product is especially intended for demanding use on main roads. In addition to the M+S label, the tyre also bears the alpine symbol indicating official winter tyre approval. 

- Our patented twin-block pattern ensures optimal grip and precise driving response even under extreme conditions. The effective support of the tread blocks allows for deep sipes, providing the best possible grip without compromising the driving stability highly valued by drivers. The deep 3D siping of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck D allows it to maintain its grip as the tyre wears down, says Teppo Siltanen, Product Manager for Truck Tyres at Nokian Heavy Tyres. 

The dense lateral siping improves traction and braking grip. The sipe activators on the tread boost the operation of the sipes and guarantee driving safety, even under rapidly changing weather conditions. The traction booster zigzag-pattern on the tyre surface also improves longitudinal grip. 

The excellent winter grip and stable handling are complemented by the tread compound that is designed for the challenging Northern conditions. It provides good wear resistance and can operate across a wide temperature range. 

The excellent wear resistance of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck D is based on a tailored rubber compound and the specific block distribution of the strong pattern: the step of the tread has been adjusted to match the uneven road surfaces. The optimised block distribution and regular surface pressure also ensure that the wear pattern is regular. 

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck D also saves fuel. It creates savings due to its low rolling resistance, which in turn reduces fuel consumption and exhaust gas emissions. Due to the modern tread pattern design and optimised block distribution, the driving noise is pleasantly quiet; up to 3 dB lower than in its predecessor. 

Wear indicators provide added safety 

Wear indicators provide safety and make it easy to follow the wear of the tyre. The Driving Safety Indicator (DSI) developed and patented by Nokian Tyres indicates in numbers how many millimetres of tread there is left on the main grooves of the tyre. 

The Winter Safety Indicator (WSI) shows when the tyre's winter grip properties are strongest. The WSI-indicator reaches around half of the pattern depth. 

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck D tread pattern is also available as the Nokian Noktop Hakkapeliitta D retread, developed and tested for demanding conditions. 

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck D is especially intended for the Nordic countries and the other Nokian Tyres markets that require truck and coach tyres for demanding winter use. 


295/80R22.5 New
315/70R22.5 New

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck product family

The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck D. A durable and stable winter traction tyre for long-haul freight and bus traffic. Reliable grip and economic driving in demanding winter conditions. Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck F. A reliable winter front tyre for medium and long haul usage. Efficient grip, absolute durability and economical driving for extreme conditions.

Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck E.  Premium winter traction tyre for heavy-duty vehicles. Optimal grip in extreme conditions and excellent wear resistance. Stable driving response. 

Safe and economical driving in demanding professional tasks 

Nokian truck and bus tyres are designed for demanding professional use in varying conditions with the aim of ensuring safe driving in all weather and road conditions. In our own test centres in Ivalo, Lapland, and in Nokia we test extreme driving situations in all seasons. 

Further development of the tyres involves millions of kilometres of driving in different environments and in all kinds of weather conditions. Close co-operation with transport operators and haulage companies provides us with valuable usage experience to support our product development. The aim of our versatile testing is to offer the safest and most economical tyres for professional drivers. Our solid expertise rely on extensive traditions built upon since developing the world's first winter tyre for heavyduty vehicles back in 1934. 


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Further information:

Nokian Heavy Tyres
Teppo Siltanen Product Manager, Truck Tyres tel. +358 10 401 7709 teppo.siltanen(at)

Marko Muhonen Business Manager, Heavy Tyres tel. +358 10 401 7968 marko.muhonen(at)