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Sumitomo Tyres Product Range Now Available in Europe

Offenbach am Main, May 2018

Falken has been selling its second brand, “Sumitomo Tyres”, since the end of 2017. Its current product range, available at selected traders throughout the whole of Europe, consists of the car and SUV BC100 summer tyres, and the SL727, a summer tyre especially for transporters and light commercial vehicles. The WT200, which has also been developed for the car and SUV segment, is available for use in winter.

When it came to the development of the Sumitomo BC100 SUV and car tyre, safety and performance were paramount for the Japanese tyre engineers. The asymmetrical tread design with five treadwear indicators ensures for exceptional directional stability, shorter braking distances, and driving precision on dry roads. The large-volume linear grooves, combined with the curved central tread channels, bring about excellent aquaplaning resistance and a maximum degree of safety and control in wet conditions. The Sumitomo BC100 is available in rim diameters of 13 to 19 inches, in series 35 to 80 in the speed categories T, H, V, and W, and for vehicles in the compact, mid-sized and SUV classes. The EU tyre label values, depending on the respective tyre size, are located from “C” to “E” in the rolling resistance class, from “B” to “C” in the wet grip category, and “1” to “2” in the external rolling noise class.

The SL727 has been developed for light commercial vehicles and transporters. The low-wear rubber compound ensures increased mileage and exceptional economic efficiency due to low costs per kilometre, as well as reduced downtime. The SL727 is also suitable for heavy commercial and private usage thanks to its robust carcass with reinforced bead area, which brings about a high level of durability. The SL727 will be available in rim diameters 15 to 16 inches, in series 65 to 75 in the speed categories “R” to “T”, in 11 sizes. The EU tyre label values, depending on the respective tyre size, are located from “C” to “E” in the rolling resistance class, from “C” to “E” in the wet grip category, and at “2” in the external rolling noise class.

The WT200 was developed in order to meet the increased demands placed on a modern winter tyre. The innovative rubber compound, with high silica content and new polymer compounds, provides for good handling properties in rain and snow. The new, three-dimensional, high-density sipes bring about good performance and improved traction on ice and snow.

The WT200 is available from autumn 2018 in rim diameters of 13 to 18 inches, in series 40 to 70 in the speed categories “T, “H”, and “V”, in 39 different sizes, for vehicles in the compact, mid-sized and SUV classes. The EU tyre label values, depending on the respective tyre size, are located from “C” to “F” in the rolling resistance class, at “C” in the wet grip category, and from “1” to “2” in the external rolling noise class.

All three models will be presented for the first time at the “Tire Cologne”, the international trade fair for tyres and wheels, which will take place from 29th May to 1st June in Cologne.

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