Hankook will supply Audi A6L in 2007

Dec. 15, 2006

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. will supply tires to Audi AG beginning in 2007. According to CEO Choong Hwan Cho, Hankook signed an agreement with the German auto manufacturer to supply tires for its Audi A6L, the long wheel base A6 luxury sedan, and A4 models starting next June.

The Ventus S1 Evo ultra-high performance tire will be OE in sizes 225/55YR16 and 225/50YR17. Hankook plans to supply Audi's China plant with approximately 90,000 units next year.

"This is a significant turning point for us since it marks the beginning of Hankook Tire's foray into the high-end automobile market," says Jin Wook Choi, executive vice president and head of Hankook Tire China. "This achievement is yet another step in our technology being acknowledged by world-class automakers, including GM, Ford and Volkswagen, whom we have supplied to in the past."

Hankook Tire is supplying tires to General Motors Corp. for a number of its vehicles, including the new Saturn Aura XE; the Chevrolet Malibu, Cobalt and Pontiac G6 and G5; and other 2007 GM passenger cars.