NEU-ISENBURG, Germany—Hankook Tire Co. Inc. has gained OE fitments with BMW A.G. for the German car maker Mini model, with both standard and run-flat versions of four different tire models.
The supply contract with BMW covers five recently launched Mini models—One, One D, Cooper, Cooper D and Cooper S—and represents a continuation of a supply relationship that began in 2011.
The Mini fitments are:
• Kinergy EcoSummer and Optimo H426 All-Season in 175/65 R15H as the standard fitment for the Mine One and Cooper models, with 16- and 17-inch models as options;
• Optimo H426 All-Season in 195/55R16V and Ventus and Ventus Prime² in size 195/55R16W as standard fitments for the Cooper S; and
• Optimo H426 and Ventus S1 evo² in size 205/45R17V and W speed ratings as options on the S version.
The all-season fitments are intended for vehicles being exported to North America, Hankook said. The run-flat versions are the 17-inch fitments, Hankook said.
Hankook also announced recently it would provide OE fitments for Daimler A.G.'s Mercedes-Benz C-Class model.
BMW and Hankook have selected various summer tread patterns to suit each car's respective engine power to support “sporty-direct handling.”
In addition to the Mini, Hankook tires are already OE fitments on five other models from the Munich-based auto maker (BMW 1-, 3-, 4- and 5-series, as well as the X5).