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Continental launches new on-/off-road tire for use in severe service applications

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continental-tireContinental Tire the Americas’ Commercial Vehicle Tire group has launched the new HDC1 HT for the U.S. and Canadian markets. This on/off- road drive tire was developed to deliver traction and durability in severe service applications such as construction, mining, oil fields and logging. With Continental’s new generation of truck tires being built on the innovative Conti 3G casing, fleets will gain improved durability, retreadability and traction versus Continental’s original HTC1, according to the company.

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The tire offers a specialized diamond lug tread design, on/off-road belt package and 32/32 in. tread depth. It is designed specifically for severe conditions that fit the demands of construction applications. This tire is a benchmark for vehicles that require maximum traction, extra sidewall protection, and resistance to stone penetration and chain damage.

To make the tire more suitable for off-road environments, the on/off-road belt package has a shoulder to shoulder, full width fourth belt. This increases stiffness and provides more protection from penetrations to improve durability, according to Continental. The diamond lug tread design combines rotating angles and stone bumpers to maximize stone ejection and is optimal for chaining. Additionally, the full inch deep tread will keep the tire gripping in all conditions, the company said.

“We anticipate those who depend on their trucks to operate every day in mud, snow, gravel and off-road conditions will be very interested in our specialized off-road, high traction drive product,” said Alex Chmiel, Continental’s director of marketing for commercial vehicle tires for the Americas. “If a fleet is searching for application specific coverage that meets their driving needs, Continental’s HDC1 HT provides the answer by offering the 11R22.5 and the 11R24.5 heavy drive construction, high traction solution.”

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The new tire is available now.

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