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Kumho Tire Co. reports it has received a favorable review in a tire test held by Autozeitung, a top German automotive magazine, and was selected as “Off Road Tire 2009” by German 4x4 magazine Off Road.

Nine top tire brands competed in the AutoZeitung tire test including Michelin, Continental, Pirelli and Dunlop. Kumho Tires tied with Michelin for second place overall, and received an overall assessment of “very recommendable” following testing under various driving conditions, the companys says.

The test by Autozeitung assessed aquaplaning, braking, handling, driving safety, slalom and more. Test editors said the Kumho Ecsta HM KH31 demonstrated “superbly balanced” performance in both wet and dry criteria. The magazine editors also concluded that Kumho Tires’ product was “best” in braking, and showed fast handling.

Recognized for its "outstanding performance and design," Kumho Tires’ Road Venture MT KL71 won “Off Road Tire 2009” from the editorial staff of Off Road.

“European automotive magazines from Germany, Great Britain and Sweden hold tests several times a year to compare and rank performance of recommendable tires,” said N.W. Cho, senior researcher of Kumho Tires R&D Center. “The tire test results influence the purchasing decisions of European consumers, as they are an official recognition of performance and quality.”

Autozeitung is one of the four leading automotive magazines in Germany. The bi-weekly published magazine reaches more than 700,000 readers. Off Road is a popular German off-road monthly magazine with a circulation of about 70,000.

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