Conti’s HSL2 gets Eco Plus compounding

May 8, 2012

Continental Tire the Americas LLC has added its Eco Plus compounding, the basis of Continental’s low rolling resistance, fuel saving medium radial truck tires, to the tire maker’s best-selling highway steer tire, the HSL2.

The company’s Commercial Vehicle Tire business unit is converting the entire portfolio of HSL2 products to the Eco Plus line. The previous generation HSL2 will be phased out, with all sizes changed to HSL2 Eco Plus by the end of summer 2012, said brand manager Libor Heger.

“Even wear is crucial, if a fleet is looking for optimal steer tire performance. With the latest generation of low rolling resistance compounding, the new HSL2 Eco Plus offers not only SmartWay verified fuel saving performance, but also advanced wear characteristics,” Heger said.

The HSL2 Eco Plus brings many features of the proven performance from the previous generation product, Heger said. The tire’s increased tread wear volume is a major longevity factor, with engineering specifically for balanced pressure distribution and vectored forces within the tire’s footprint.

Continental’s VAI, a graduated system of sipes that provide a visual indication of proper alignment, is also included from the previous generation product. But the Eco Plus tread compounding, specially formulated for low rolling resistance, and footprint modifications are what Conti engineers have incorporated in this new tire to guard against irregular wear.

The HSL2 Eco Plus is available now in NAFTA markets, in sizes 11R22.5, 275/80R22.5, 11R24.5, and 285/75R24.5. These sizes offer 19/32nds tread depth and load ranges G and H.

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