Continental Brings 5 New Truck Tires to the Mid-America Trucking Show

Tire manufacturer Continental unveiled the next generation of new truck tires, designed using the latest technology for improved fuel efficiency and extended mileage, during the Mid-America Trucking Show. The five newcomers are the HSR2, HDL2 DL, HTL Eco Plus, HSU2 and HTL1. Of course, if your are not a trucker, these abbreviations will mean nothing to you, so will try to explain the below.

HSR2 (Heavy-Duty Steer-Axle Regional) will replace the previous version, introduced in 2002. The updated tread compound is designed to increase mileage by 15 percent over the current HSR. The new tire features include improved curb rib and cut and chip-resistant tread compound, stone ejection system and Visual Alignment Indicator (VAI) to alert the user to vehicle alignment problems.

HDL2 DL (Heavy Drive Long-Haul Deep Lug) was designed to use wider tread and casing, for better wear and increased handling stability. It also has a stone ejection system.

HTL Eco Plus (Heavy Trailer Long-Haul) has been designed with the stated goal of fuel efficiency, as trailer tires contribute 42 percent of the rolling resistance of all the tires on a typical long haul truck.

For truck used by city services, such as those used for waste disposal or constructions, Continental prepared the HSU2 (Heavy Steer Urban), a tire that offers maximum life through its 8 percent deeper tread and 17 percent increased tread volume.

HTL1 (Heavy Trailer Long-Haul) features shoulder defense groove fgor protection against rapid shoulder wear and a unique pyramid stone bumper/ejection system.

"Continental is offering truck fleets outstanding new products that meet their needs; from steer tires, to drive tires, to trailer tires. We listened to our customers and used their feedback to create tires that maximize the efficiency of their operations and offer them the lowest overall driving costs," Clif Armstrong, commercial vehicle tire marketing director for the company said.
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