Hanover, October 1, 2018. People travelling by coach want to feel safe and arrive on time. Fleet operators can make a significant contribution to enhancing safety and avoiding delays by fitting their coaches with tires specially designed for seasonal requirements. Just in time for the upcoming winter season, Continental is launching a high-performance winter drive axle tire developed specifically for coaches: the HDW2 COACH. It outperforms M+S tires and exceeds the performance requirements of the 3PMSF certification. “With the HDW2 COACH, Continental now offers a brand-new and highly specialized winter tire option for fleet operators. Transport professionals will benefit from its perfectly balanced performance profile that provides optimum safety and reliability on wet, snowy and icy roads,” says Constantin Batsch, Vice President Business Region Truck Tires EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa). The HDW2 COACH is available in size 295/80 R 22.5 and rounds off the product family that already includes the HSW2 COACH tire for the steer axle.
Harnessing more than 80 years of winter tire expertise and state-of-the-art tire technology, Continental engineers have developed a high-traction tread pattern featuring an intelligent combination of deep grooves, 3D sipes and special traction sipes. In synergistic interplay, they transmit the drive and lateral forces to snowy and icy roads safely and efficiently – even at later wear stages. Additionally, tests have confirmed the even wear properties of the tire. This helps to not only maintain its performance but also enhance ride comfort for passengers.
Thanks to the innovative tread pattern design and compound technology, the HDW2 COACH maintains excellent tread and pattern stiffness, making it highly robust and unsusceptible to damage should it come into contact with the curbstone. Furthermore, the high stiffness promotes excellent handling performance in combination with the steer axle tire HSW2 COACH. Like all Continental tires, the HDW2 COACH is designed for optimum efficiency, including when it comes to the robustness of the casing. Thanks to its excellent retreadability, the HDW2 COACH allows for multiple service lives.
For driving safely with optimal traction even on damp or icy roads, Continental recommends fitting trucks and buses with winter tires on all axles for the cold winter season. Identified by the snowflake symbol on the tire wall, the dedicated winter tire portfolio by Continental easily outperforms M+S tires and also significantly exceeds the requirements of the 3PMSF certification. For winter tires to be labeled with the 3PMSF symbol, they have to pass a standard practical test defined in UN regulation 117 and exhibit suitability for winter use on snowy roads in a braking and traction comparison test.