Nokian announces new Hakkapeliitta 10 studded winter tires
Just in time for Portland's first snow of the year, Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian has announced an update to its premium Hakkapeliitta (pronounced Hock-A-Pell-eeta) line of extreme duty winter tires.
The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 for passenger cars and Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 SUV for sport utility vehicles and crossovers won't be available this season, but will arrive in the autumn in time for next year's winter snows. The new product line also includes the Hakkapeliitta 10 EV, a dedicated version sized for electric vehicles and hybrids.
The primary update to the Hakkapeliitta 10 studded winter tire is a new studding solution. The unique Double Stud design offers maximum safety on ice and snow. A ring of center studs improves acceleration and braking grip, while studs on the shoulder areas maximize grip during turning and lane changes.
"The most important safety feature of a studded winter tire is its performance on ice," says Nokian Tyres Head of R&D Olli Seppälä. "Changing lanes on a highway or merging into busy traffic from an icy intersection can be challenging, not to mention black ice, which is equally hazardous."
The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 product range will be available in tire sizes from 14 to 22 inches. Most of the new Hakkapeliitta 10 tires are rated XL for the highest possible load capacity in that size.
If you need winter tires to meet the challenges of this month's weather, the current Nokian line of studded or unstudded winter and all-weather tires is available through many Portland-area tire dealers.
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