The vast majority of new UK specification cars are delivered on what are classed as Summer tyres, which provide these vehicles with optimum performance for most of a typical British year – in fact until the temperature drops below 7 deg C, at which point the tread compound begins to harden and grip levels fall. The ultimate solution is two sets of tyres – one for Summer and one for Winter, but this is expensive, and also impractical for those without adequate storage facilities. The perfect compromise is a quality all-season pattern that will work in all weathers, and Kumho’s innovative Solus HA31 is by far its best such tyre to date, and ideal for drivers of both passenger cars and SUVs seeking safe all-round performance throughout the year, irrespective of the weather conditions.
It features: lateral grooves for enhanced wet road grip; honeycomb structure 3D sipes for maximum traction on snowy surfaces; a directional tread pattern with the latest S-SBR technology for an exceptional balance between wet grip, fuel economy and wear rate; and reinforced centre rib and tread blocks for improved braking performance.
HA31 is now available in no less than 90 different sizes to suit rims from 13 to 18 inches in diameter, and the recent additions to the range cover most of the SUVs now so popular in the UK market, as well as a wide spectrum of passenger cars. Unlike dedicated winter tyres, Kumho’s all-season products are manufactured all the year round, so supply can be quickly adjusted to meet consumer demand.
Kumho is an established supplier of cold and all-weather tyres for the more traditional winter tyre markets of Scandinavia and Central Europe, where its comprehensive range of products is very highly regarded.