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Mon January 23 09:10 am 2006 in category Stock exchange releases
Nokian Tyres plc Stock exchange release 23 Jan. 2006 at 9.10 am

NOKIAN TYRES LAUNCH NEW CORE PRODUCT


LINES TO STUDDED WINTER TYRES


Nokian Tyres’ Hakkapeliitta product range will feature two new studded tyre families designed for demanding winter conditions. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5, a studded winter tyre for passenger cars, and Nokian Hakkapeliitta Sport Utility 5, designed for SUVs, offer ingenious technical innovations to promote safe winter driving.

The most significant innovation in the new tyres is the ”bear claw”, which enhances the stud performance and together with the further developed square stud, improves grip properties. The bear claw is a claw-like projection on the front edge of the tread blocks, which holds the stud in the ideal position during braking.

The stud has been further developed by enhancing its square design. Several improvements to tyre structure and tread pattern also improve the reliability of winter driving.

During the coming weeks, Nokian Tyres will introduce these novelties to its most important interest groups in Ivalo, Finland and in Moscow, Russia. The products will be offered to the company’s main markets in the Nordic countries and Russia. Tyre deliveries will start in the second quarter of 2006 and consumer sales will begin in autumn 2006. The size selection covers all major car brands and models.

Nokian Tyres plc

Raila Hietala-Hellman
Vice President, Communications and IR

Further information: Product Development Manager Teppo Huovila Tel. +358 3 340 7701

Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 product presentation
Nokian Hakkapeliitta SUV 5 presentation