Specific version of new HS449 winter tire developed in record time to offer improved safety in cold weather driving.
Volkswagen has selected Falken to supply a derivative of its new EUROWINTER HS449 winter tire for the Polo. The OE-approved 185/60R15 85H tires is the second contract the Japanese tire manufacturer has secured with Volkswagen this year and follows the agreement to deliver its Sincera tires to the Up!
With a significantly larger engineering team in Europe, thus ensuring closer co-operation with OEM customers such as VW, Falken produced a specific version of the HS449 in under nine months. “We were able to create and validate a derivative in record time and succeeded in winning Volkswagen over in the process,” says Markus Bögner, Sales Director at Falken Tyre Europe.
Winter tires such as the EUROWINTER HS449 offer improved grip when temperatures fall below 7°C. With higher silica content, Falken’s engineers have created a cold weather tire that offers improved wet weather braking and using the latest polymers enhances stability by 13 percent compared to its previous winter tire. Other safety related features such as a three dimensional zigzag lamellar structure are designed to increase grip on snow and ice. “With factory-fitted tires, the safety aspect is always a primary factor, especially for winter tires. We are very pleased to have scored well in that respect,” adds Bögner. Crucial for premium cars such as the Polo, five-phase shifted tread bars lower the tire noise typically associated with winter tires.
A standard version of Falken’s HS449 cold weather tire is available in a range of 57 sizes from approved Falken dealers.