KUMHO TYRE APPOINTED OE SUPPLIER FOR THE NEW ŠKODA OCTAVIA
Kumho’s ever-growing portfolio of Original Equipment contracts has been further swelled by Škoda, whose latest generation Octavia now comes equipped with Kumho’s Ultra-High Performance (UHP) ECSTA PS71 tyre in size 205/60 R16 92V.
The asymmetrically-patterned PS71 was one of the first major products to be developed at the company’s new R&D Centre at Yongin near Seoul, South Korea, and has been designed for outstanding high-speed stability and strong wet weather performance. It also scores highly on mileage and rivals its predecessor, the ECSTA KU39 LE Sport, for braking performance on wet roads, which was one of the most notable features of that earlier product. Robust tread blocks and the increased durability of belts and beads result in agile and sophisticated handling, while the optimum design of each rib ensures stable driving at high speeds. The sidewall and tread have icons resembling the flags used in motorsport, emphasising the sporting image of this UHP tyre. Its credentials have been further enhanced by the receipt of an iF Design Award, one of the world’s top three design accolades. PS71 is readily available on the UK aftermarket in a wide selection of V to Y-rated sizes from 16 to 20 inches in diameter to fit both cars and SUVs.
The Octavia is Škoda’s top-selling model, that combines a sporty multifunctional character with state-of-the-art technology. The model has gained considerable traction across both the Far East and, of course, Europe – for example in Germany, where it was the eighth most popular car last year. Now in its fourth generation, the Octavia is still manufactured in its original plant in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic.
Insoo Kim, Senior Vice President at Kumho Tyre with responsibility for OE sales said: “The fitment of our tyres to the fourth generation Octavia is greatly significant, as the outgoing model is extremely popular and the new one is widely expected to fare even better in the European market. In addition, Kumho sponsors the Octavia’s local football club, FK Mladá Boleslav, whose main backer is Škoda. Hopefully, this common thread will help us build an ever-stronger partnership with the successful Czech- based manufacturer.”
Below: the Kumho ECSTA PS71 and the fourth generation Škoda Octavia