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The popular Hakkapeliitta tires are a line of non-studded tires for winter driving.

Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian has launched a revised Hakkapeliitta (Hock-a-pell-eeta) R5 line of winter tires for passenger cars and the Hakkapeliitta R5 SUV for sport utility vehicles and crossovers. A special introduction into this product family is the Hakkapeliitta R5 EV, a dedicated version for electric vehicles and hybrids.

COURTESY PHOTO: NOKIAN - Nokian winter tires rely on the tread design and rubber compound to deliver cold weather traction.

The new tires are non-studded, relying on the tread design and rubber compound to deliver winter traction. Non-studded tires generally deliver better traction in Pacific Northwest winter conditions, while eliminating the road damage associated with studded winter tires.

"The excellent winter safety properties of the new products are a direct result of a new tread design, innovations like new grip particles, rigorous testing and relentless research," said Nokian Tyres' Head of R&D Olli Seppälä.

The new tread pattern uses a Double Block Grip design, and it can be seen on the shoulder areas of the tire. A stiff row of tread blocks starts from the center and is split in two moving towards the shoulder area. Compared to its predecessor, the Hakkapeliitta R3, the new R5 has 40% more tread blocks on the shoulder and intermediate area. Another new feature of the R5 is Arctic Grip Crystals. The microscopic crystals are mixed in the tread compound and work like built-in studs, creating sharp, tough grip edges inside the rubber.

COURTESY PHOTO: NOKIAN - The new Hakkapeliitta R5 comes with a 10% increase in siping, the series of cuts into the tread block that allow the tire to conform around ice and snow crystals for grip, and to shed water in wet conditions.

The new Hakkapeliitta R5 also comes with a 10% increase in siping. Siping is a series of cuts into the tread block that allow the tire to conform around ice and snow crystals for grip, and to shed water in wet conditions.

The Hakkapeliitta R5 product range will be released with a comprehensive selection of over 160 models, covering wheel sizes from 14 to 22 inches. Most of the products are marked XL for the highest possible load capacity in that size. The selection will be in stores and on sale in the fall of 2022.


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