WAYNE, N.J. (April 15, 2009)—Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. has won a contract with Volkswagen A.G. for original equipment fitment on VW Jetta, Jetta SportWagen and New Beetle models made at VW's Puebla, Mexico, plant.
Hankook began shipping Optima H725A radials to Puebla earlier this month for fitment on the models, sold primarily in the U.S. and Canada. This contract is s an extension of Hankook's OE relationship with VW in Europe for the past several years.
The Optimas, in size 205/55R16 H, are a standard fitment on all three models, though the fitment is not exclusive, Hankook said. The tires are made at the company's Hankook Tire China Tire Co. Ltd. subsidiary in Jiaxing, China.
VW also offers the 225/45R17 H all-season performance tire as optional on its SEL model.