October 10, 2017 (Seoul, Korea) – Hankook Tire has been selected as an OE supplier for select Toyota 2018 Camry models, including hybrid and gasoline powertrains – with the Kinergy GT in size 235/45R 18V.
Hankook Tire’s premium grand touring all-season tire, Kinergy GT, is an Ultra High Performance Tire (UHPT) that provides outstanding driving in all conditions, including wet, dry and winter environments, as well as a quiet and comfortable driving experience. Hankook Tire was able to integrate wide circumferential channel grooves for wet surfaces, optimized block stiffness for dry surfaces, a wide lateral groove design for snowy surfaces and an optimized pitch to reduce the tire noise.
Hankook Tire’s OE expansion to include select models of the 2018 Camry marks another successful milestone for the company, as Toyota is known as a top brand within the automobile industry and Camry was the number one selling passenger car in the United States in 2016. The Camry, available in both gasoline and hybrid, is recognized as a notable leader in the future of the driving industry, and bolsters Toyota’s reputation as a technologically advanced automobile company.
Supplying agreement as an OE to Toyota is also meaningful because it shows Hankook Tire’s global expansion to Japan’s automobile market. Japan, like the United States and Germany, is one of the world’s leading countries in the global automobile industry. The country is highly developed not only in the automobile industry, but also in the tire manufacturing industry due to its high technological advancement; therefore, it is a difficult market to enter. Hankook Tire’s successful entry to the Japanese market as a supplier for the Camry signifies the global recognition of the company’s high technological advancement.
“Supplying Hankook Tire’s iconic Kinergy GT to Toyota as an OE supplier of the 2018 Camry demonstrates another step in our expanding global recognition as a premium brand,” said Mr. Seung Hwa Suh, Vice Chairman & CEO of Hankook Tire. “This not only proves the company’s leading technology in the tire manufacturing industry, but the high level of trust from OEMs in the auto industry.”