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 pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. Continental generated sales of €37.7 billion in 2020 and currently employs around 235,000 people in 58 countries and markets. In 2021, the company celebrates its 150th anniversary.
The Tires business area has 24 production and development locations worldwide. Continental is one of the leading tire manufacturers with more than 56,000 employees and posted preliminary sales of €10.2 billion in 2020 in this business area. Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tire production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial and special-purpose vehicles as well as two-wheelers. Through continuous investment in research and development, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The portfolio of the Tires business area includes services for the tire trade and fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tires.
Continental develops pioneering technologies to make commercial transport safer, more efficient and more connected. The company’s products and services deliver measurable impact for commercial vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket. They benefit from a broad portfolio and from fully integrated systems. The portfolio includes tires, digital tire monitoring, fleet management, telematic solutions, Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and tachographs, hoses, air springs, Electronic Control Units (ECU), displays, drivetrain and exhaust aftertreatment systems, sensors, advanced driving assistance systems, as well as eHorizon maps and events and cloud-based services. In 2017, the share of Continental’s global sales for commercial vehicle products and systems was around €4.7 billion.