Nokian adds a winter tire for delivery vehicles
Nokian Tyres plc is tackling the extremes of winter for delivery vehicles and vans with the precise winter grip of the Nokian WR C3. Designed for both the urban streets and country roads of central Europe, the WR C3 offers passenger car-like driving comfort and low rolling resistance.
The size selection of the Nokian WR C3 offers versatility and high performance, and it is tailored for modern vehicles. The 22 products cover sizes all the way from 14 inches up to 17 inches. The new product family uses one tread pattern for both the lighter and heavier vehicles. The new Nokian WR C3 will be available at tire retailers in the autumn of 2015.
Nokian says the WR C3 offers these main innovations:
Pump sipes. The pocket-type sipes on the tire shoulder remove, or even pump, water out of the road surface, ensuring stable and sure grip on wet and icy surface.
Tailored tread pattern. More driving stability.The unified center rib and bound center area of the symmetrical tread pattern promote driving stability, precise handling and even wear pattern.
Tread compound for the varying weather. The winter compound optimzed for heavy use works safely across a wide temperature range and reduces rolling resistance. The compound achieves exceptional winter grip, lower fuel consumption and excellent wear resistance.
Special rubber compound. The rubber compound presses flexibly against the wheel flange, providing the bead area with more durability. The innovation also effectively minimizes the interior noise, since it dampens the vibrations from the tire body, preventing them from passing into the tire and further inside the vehicle.
Steel belt structure. In addition to the tread pattern, the stable and silent handling is attributable to the sturdy structure. The strong double steel belt structure can reliably carry even high wheel loads. The new, more flexible steel wire used for the belts improves structural durability and allows the tire to maintain its state-of-the-art properties. This also reduces rolling resistance, which translates into lower fuel consumption.
Dense sipe mesh. The aggressive tread pattern is covered by a denser sipe mesh. Wider individual sipes provide in the center area much-needed grip surface, especially when friction is at its lowest.