WAYNE, N.J. (Feb. 14, 2011)—Ford Motor Co. has selected a 20-inch version of Hankook Tire Co. Ltd.'s Optimo H426 luxury performance touring all-season tire as an original equipment fitment on the 2011 Explorer SUV.
Hankook is supplying the Optimo H426 in size P255/50R20H for the Explorer, the 2011 North American Truck of the Year. Twenty-inch tires/wheels are standard equipment on the Limited version of the Explorer and optional on the XLT version, according to Ford data.
The Optimo H426 features a rib-block design to minimize vibration while driving and employs an optimized lateral groove width to generate the least possible noise, Hankook said, and has 20-percent lower rolling resistance than its predecessor.
This latest fitment expands Hankook's 8-year-old OE presence with Ford. Other fitments include the F-150, Edge, Flex, Mondeo and Fusion.
“We believe that our unwavering commitment and continuous efforts toward R&D investment to produce high quality products will in turn allow Hankook to become one of the top tier tire companies that captures the attention of premium car manufacturers,” said Woo Byung-Il, vice president of Hankook's global OE division.