MUNICH, Germany (April 1, 2014) — German car maker BMW A.G. has selected Hankook Tire Co. Ltd.’s Ventus S1 evo2 as an OE fitment for the 2015 BMW 4-Series Coupé.
The coupé, the first four-door coupé in BMW’s premium midsize class and third model in the 4 Series, will be factory equipped with the Ventus in size 225/50R17 W.
Hankook did not say which specific model or models its tires will be fitted on.
It will be the sixth BMW model fitted with Hankook tires, following the Mini, the BMW 1-, 3-, and 5-Series as well as the X5, Hankook said.
“We are pleased to continuously intensify our cooperation with the BMW Group,” said Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire.
“Supplying tires to the new 4-Series Coupé marks yet another, important milestone for us as it is the first time we are supplying tires to the BMW Group that not only have been developed in Europe but also are supplied directly from our European plant.”
BMW offers a choice of five engines for the 4-Series Coupé: a 6-cylinder in-line 3-liter petrol engine delivering 306 hp in the 435i; 4-cylinder in-line engines offering 245 hp and 184 hp, respectively, in the 428i Gran Coupé and 420i Gran Coupé; a 4-cylinder diesel delivering 184 hp in the 420d Gran Coupé; and a 4-cylinder diesel offering 143 hp in the 418d Gran Coupé
Hankook said it will supply tires to BMW from its plant in Rácalmás, Hungary.
When is the last time you attended one of the national tire industry trade shows, such as SEMA, ITEC or the North American Tire & Retread Expo?
|I try and take in at least one show a year.||
|I usually attend one every few years.||
|There are so many tire maker and distributor meetings each year, I don’t see a need to attend one of the national shows.||
|I don’t find value in these shows and haven’t been to one in years.||
|I’d like to but I am too busy||