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Smart Flex DL12

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hankook Tire America Corp. is previewing this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville a long- and regional-haul drive position radial truck tire, the Smart Flex DL12, that will be available to customers in the third quarter.

The new tire is designed to offer improved traction, handling and durability, according to Brian Sheehey, director of commercial tire sales.

Hankook plans to offer the tire in six configurations: 11R22.5—14 and 16 ply, 11R24.5—14 and 16 ply; 295/75R22.5; and 285/75R24.5.

Among the Smart Flex DL12’s design features are: a four-channel full-depth zig-zag groove tread pattern; an “optimized” carcass structure for better ride and handling; an improved bead profile for enhanced retreadability; and a multiple 3-D kerf design for traction and to help prevent irregular wear, Hankook said.

The tire joins two other recently launched truck tires: e3 Wide DL07 and e3 Wide TL07 Ultra Wide Base drive and trailer position tires on display at its booth.  

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Previous | Published January 28, 2016

Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?

I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.
46%
(36 votes)
I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.
13%
(10 votes)
I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.
24%
(19 votes)
I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.
14%
(11 votes)
I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.
3%
(2 votes)
Total votes: 78