In a recent test by German motoring magazine, Auto Bild, Hankook’s Optimo 4S tyre achieved top rating in the all-season tyre sector. According to the magazine the Hankook tyre delivered “top driving performance under any weather conditions”. The Optimo 4S has also been awarded the German Federal Environmental Agency’s Blue Angel mark on account of its low road and rolling noise and fuel efficiency.
According to the US magazine, Modern Tire Dealer, Hankook is the world’s seventh largest tyre manufacturer, as well as being the fastest growing tyre maker. The company has welcomed the German result as testament to the quality of its products.
In Auto Bild’s test the Optimo 4S had to compete against tyres from eight other manufacturers. Auto Bild’s editor stated that the tyre “outperforms in any kind of weather with dynamic handling quality on snow-covered roads as well as short braking distances on wet as well as dry courses”. Hankook’s tyre attained top marks in every part of the test, and was one of only two tyres to be awarded the status of “exemplary”.
Executive vice president and European COO of Hankook, Seung-Do Jin, commented on the result saying, “The Auto Bild test proves that, thanks to progressive material and manufacturing technologies, a modern, high-performance and well balanced all-season tyre such as the Optimo 4S occasionally can be a realistic alternative to changing summer and snow tyres. We are very happy about the excellent test results for our latest product, which emphasises the effort we put in combining our high degree of developmental competence with driving comfort, efficiency and safety at the utmost highest level of technology. We will continue to market top products throughout all segments for our demanding clientele”.