Nokian adds drive axle tire for Europe

May 27, 2015

Nokian Heavy Tyres, a business unit of Nokian Tyres plc, is introducing a new type of drive axle tire for all-year cargo and coach traffic on long and medium distances. The Nokian Hakka Truck Drive is intended for the varying Central European and Nordic weather conditions.

The company says the drive axle tire offers excellent wear resistance, grip and driving stability without any compromises. The Nokian Hakka Truck Drive supplements the Nokian Hakka Truck product family that already offers tires for the steer axle and trailer.

The Nokian Hakka Truck Drive provides stable handling and grip in snow and rain alike, Nokian says. The new semi-open shoulder supports the rolling of the tire and adds to driving stability without compromising on grip. The V-shaped tread pattern improves the cleaning of the grooves and prevents them from filling up with slush and snow. This allows the tire to maintain grip even on slushy surfaces. The additional grooves that appear as the tire wears down and the self-generating siping allow the tread to retain its properties even as the kilometers add up. These characteristics ensure the tire’s peak performance in any weather during the tire’s service life, says Teppo Siltanen, product manager for truck tires at Nokian Heavy Tyres.

The first two sizes, 315/70 R22.5 and 315/80 R22.5, will be available throughout Europe during the spring and summer of 2015. In 2016, the size selection will expand to 295/80 R22.5.

The Driving Safety Indicator (DSI), developed and patented by Nokian Tyres, also makes it easier to monitor the safety and wear of the tire. It displays the remaining amount of tread surface on the tire's main grooves in numbers.

Designed for year-round use

The Nokian Hakka Truck Drive can be used all year long, and it can be fitted in any season. The tire maintains its grip even on snowy roads. In addition to the M+S label, the tire also bears the 3PMSF label (snowflake symbol).

The special rubber compound developed for all-year use gives grip and durability in any weather. The rubber compound and optimized pattern distribution keep rolling resistance low.

The optimized block distribution of the tread provides durability, and it's been designed to create a wear pattern that is as even as possible. The durable casing also ensures excellent retreading properties. The Nokian Hakka Truck Drive is suited for trucks and coaches, but also for heavier transport where sturdiness is required.

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