Louisville, Ky. March 27, 2014. Truck and bus fleets attending the Mid-America Trucking Show this week in Louisville are invited to see selections from Continental Tire the Americas, LLC’s latest commercial tire offerings in the North hall. Featuring the Conti360⁰ Tour vehicle, the tire manufacturer is exhibiting at booth 18252 together with sister company Continental Commercial Vehicles and Aftermarket – VDO, and adjacent to ContiTech.
Starting with its core competency in fuel efficiency, Continental has rounded out its next generation of long haul, low rolling resistance EcoPlus truck tires by adding a new steer and all-position tire. The Conti EcoPlus HS3 offers a 10 percent reduction in rolling resistance as well as a 12 percent increase in mileage over the previous generation long haul steer tire. Advances include an advanced decoupler groove design and a “flap style” stone bumper system – both of which result in advanced life and retreadability. The Conti EcoPlus HS3 comes to market in early summer in size 295/75R22.5, load range H construction with 19/32” tread depth and Continental’s exclusive VAI® Visual Alignment Indicator system.
Another steer tire will be seen for the first time at Mid-America with the launch of the Conti Hybrid HS3, a steer and all-position tire for the combined regional and long haul segment. Available now in size 295/75R22.5 and load range H, the Conti Hybrid HS3 bridges the performance gap for fleets who need to use the same trucks for both long haul and regional routes without changing the tires. The Conti Hybrid HS3 offers an application-specific compound for excellent fuel efficiency and mileage, along with the integrated durability features of Continental’s third generation casing design and the VAI alignment indicators.
Seen for the first time at Mid-America, the Conti TerraPlus HD3 is an off-road drive tire product for the high traction needs of construction vehicles, work trucks and heavy commercial pickups. The first all-new product introduced in Continental’s 19.5” tire line, the Conti TerraPlus HD3 was previewed earlier this month at the NTEA Work Truck Show to much acclaim and will be available later this spring in 225/70R19.5 size. A specialized, aggressive tread pattern with open shoulder, 19/32nds tread depth and an off-road belt package are the hallmarks of this tire, designed especially for the North American market. Conti TerraPlus HD3 also features chip and chunk resistant compounding and a deep lug pattern for optimal traction in off-road, mud and gravel conditions.
Continental is also announcing at Mid-America the availability of two new bus tires. The new Conti Urban HA3 all-position and steer tire capitalizes on the increase in American urban bus traffic with a specialized compound for prolonged mileage performance with excellent driving characteristics. Available now in sizes 275/70R22.5 (22/32” tread depth) and 305/70R22.5 (23/32” tread depth), Conti Urban HA3 features an increased sidewall gauge and durable new casing construction as well as a comfortable and quiet tread pattern. For longer distance traffic in heavier vehicles, such as motorcoaches and large RVs, the all-new Conti Coach HA3 is optimized for outstanding wet handling, mileage, durability and fuel efficiency. Quiet running tread and an optimized footprint give the Conti Coach HA3 enhanced ride comfort and durability. This tire is ideal for steer or all-position use and is also available now, in sizes 255/70R22.5 and 275/70R22.5 (15/32” tread depth) and 315/80R22.5 (17/32” tread depth).
“With the addition of these new tires, we are continuing to reach our promise of the lowest overall driving costs for commercial vehicle operations. If a fleet is searching for application specific coverage that meets their driving needs, Continental’s new generation of truck and bus tires is providing the answers they need to optimize their tire performance,” said Alex Chmiel, Continental’s director of marketing for commercial vehicle tires – the Americas.
Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2015, the corporation generated sales of €39.2 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tires, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs approximately 215,000 people in 55 countries.
The Tire Division currently has more than 24 production and development locations worldwide. The broad product range and continuous investments in R&D make a major contribution to cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. As one of the world's leading tire manufacturers with about 49,000 employees, the Tire Division achieved sales of €10.4 billion in 2015.
Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires is one of the largest manufacturers of truck, bus and commercial specialty tires worldwide. The business unit is continuously developing from a pure tire manufacturer to a solution provider, offering a broad range of products, services and tire related solutions.