Mon February 3 09:24 am 2014 in category Product news

Economical non-studded tire for Northern roads:

Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3 – Driving comfort for demanding professional use

Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3

The new Nordic non-studded winter tire, Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3, is developed for versatile use on delivery vehicles and vans. It provides excellent winter grip and driving comfort. This sturdy roller from Nokian Tyres saves fuel in both the slippery intersections of city traffic and in the deep snow of countryside routes. In addition to the extremely low rolling resistance, developments have also been made in handling on ice, snow, and wet roads, which are all safety features that professional drivers value highly. The new non-studded van tire effectively utilizes the Nokian Cryo Crystal Concept that was used to maximize the ice grip of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 passenger car tire.

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3 offers durable performance for Northern roads, and its comprehensive selection of sizes has been specially designed for modern vehicles. We offer a selection of 20 products, from 14 inches up to 17 inches. The size selection of the new product family uses one tread pattern for lighter and heavier vehicles alike. The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3 will be available at retail outlets in the autumn of 2014. 

Key North American fitments include:

  • Ram ProMaster 1500/2500/3500 (2014)
  • 225/75 R 16 C 121/120
  • LT tires with E ply rating only have 112 load index, vehicle calls for 120 load index
  • Ford Transit Connect (2010-2013)
  • 205/65 R 15 C 102/100
  • Dodge/Freightliner Sprinter 3500 (2002-2006)
  • 195/70 R 15 C 104/102
  • Dodge/Freightliner Sprinter 2500 (2003-2006)
  • 225/70 R 15 C 112/110
  • VW EuroVan (1993-2000)
  • 205/65 R 15 C 102/100

Nokian Cryo Crystal Concept maximizes winter grip  

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3 feels at home in the demanding Northern weather, and the safety characteristics of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3 were further refined using a new-generation rubber compound, a tailored tread pattern, and the Nokian Cryo Crystal Concept that provides optimal lateral and longitudinal grip. 

Diamond-tough grip particles that have the appearance of a multi-edged crystal have been added to the rubber compound in order to improve grip on ice by grabbing onto the driving surface. In a way, the microscopic crystals work like built-in studs, creating sharp, tough grip edges inside the rubber. The precise driving feel and excellent grip are preserved even as the tire wears down. As the miles roll by, the eco-friendly crystals that have been evenly divided into the tread surface come up and activate a much-needed grip reserve.

The shoulder tread blocks of the non-studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3 have the familiar pocket-type sipes that remove, or even pump, water out of the road surface, ensuring stable and sure grip. The patented pump sipes further improve grip on wet and icy surfaces.  

New tailored rubber compound improves grip and wear resistance

The Cryo Crystal Concept provides ice grip, which is highly sought after by users of non-studded tires, and forms the perfect combination with the wear-resistant winter compound. The new tread compound, adjusted for hard and varying use on vans, works safely along a wide temperature range and reduces rolling resistance, which in turn improves fuel economy. The rubber compound gives the sturdy Hakkapeliitta CR3 exceptional grip on ice, snow, and wet roads, as well as excellent wear resistance in varying temperatures. The sipes on the tread blocks work actively regardless of variations in grip level and temperature. In addition to large amount of natural rubber, the compound also contains canola oil for added ice grip and tear strength.

Stable and durable driving

The ideal grip and the Hakkapeliitta-like, balanced handling are supported by a large group of tried and tested solutions. The aggressive, directional tread pattern is covered by an even denser network of sipes. Wider individual sipes provide much-needed grip surface, especially when friction is at its lowest on wet ice.

The unified center rib and bound center section of the new tread pattern promote stable driving. Development also ensures a more even wear pattern, providing added safety as the tire ages. Winter tires installed on driving wheels will most likely wear out in the center area first.

The carefully considered and tested block geometry of the block pattern provides excellent handling even on grooved roads. The precise handling also helps the driver to observe any changes in the level of friction, and to react on time.

In addition to the tread pattern, the exemplary, stable and quiet handling of the economical Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3 is based on a sturdy structure. The extremely strong, new dual steel belt structure can tolerate heavy use and reliably carry high wheel loads. 

The new, more flexible steel cord that has been adjusted to suit the steel belts provides more structural durability and allows the tire to retain its state-of-the-art characteristics for longer than before. At the same time, it reduces rolling resistance, in turn enhancing fuel economy. The steel belt structure also reduces heat generation, which further improves wear resistance.

Added safety and comfort

Indicators on the tread surface provide increased comfort and add to safety. The Driving Safety Indicator (DSI) developed and patented by Nokian Tyres displays the remaining amount of tread surface on the tire’s main grooves in numbers. The numbers wear out as the tire wears down. The Driving Safety Indicator is standard equipment on all Nokian winter tires. The snowflake symbol of the Winter Safety Indicator (WSI) also indicates the winter safety of the tire. It remains visible to a tread depth of four millimeters.

The sidewall information area provides location and inflation pressure indicators. The information area allows for recording the correct inflation pressure and installation location during tire change. Safety is further improved by a new area that can be used to record the tightening torque of bolts for alloy rims.  

Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3 – Driving comfort for professional use

  • Excellent winter grip
  • Commendable wear resistance, pleasantly quiet
  • Saves on fuel, eco-friendly

Main innovations:

Nokian Cryo Crystal Concept. First-class winter grip, more precise handling. Diamond-tough grip particles that have the appearance of a multi-edged crystal have been added to the rubber compound in order to improve grip on ice by grabbing onto the driving surface.

Pump sipes. More wet and ice grip. The pocket-type sipes on the tire shoulder remove, or even pump, water out of the road surface, ensuring stable and sure grip. The patented pump sipes improve grip on wet and icy surfaces.

New tread compound. More safety and fuel efficiency. The winter compound is optimized for heavy use, and it works safely along a wide temperature range and reduces rolling resistance. The compound achieves both exceptional grip on ice, snow and wet roads, and excellent wear resistance. In addition to large amount of natural rubber, the compound also contains canola oil for added ice grip and tear strength.

Dense sipe mesh and wide individual sipes. Optimal grip and handling. The aggressive tread pattern is covered by a denser sipe mesh. Wider individual sipes provide much-needed grip surface, especially when friction is at its lowest on wet ice.

New steel belt structure. Driving stability and durability. In addition to the tread pattern, the stable and quiet handling is based on a sturdy structure. The extremely strong double steel belt structure can reliably carry heavy wheel loads. The new, more flexible steel cord that has been adjusted to suit the steel belts provides more structural durability and allows the tire to retain its state-of-the-art characteristics. At the same time, it reduces rolling resistance, in turn enhancing fuel economy.

Photos: www.nokiantyres.com/hakkapeliittacr3

Testing under extreme conditions. Ivalo Test Center – White Hell:
http://youtu.be/f4TSgk_1TQU

How was the world's first winter tire invented?
http://www.nokiantires.com/first-winter-tires

Story of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta:
www.nokiantyres.com/hakkapeliitta75 

Nokian Hakkapeliitta – Legendary winter tire:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA-YfJDKvwE&feature=share&list=PL1BE04B7BAC224A97

Test winner, Nokian Hakkapeliitta:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkQotSMzSfs&feature=share&list=UUv-VDEjbdBkuZ-eSvYOn0FA

Nokian Hakkapeliitta and the Fastest Car on Ice, 335.713 km/h (208.602 mph) www.nokiantires.com/EN-Fastest-On-Ice-2013

Hakkapeliitta Winter Driving School
www.nokiantyres.com/winter-driving-school

Blogs by Nokian Tires' professionals

http://community.nokiantires.com/

Further information:

Nokian Tyres, Inc.
General Manager Tommi Heinonen, tel. 1 802 662 8237
tommi.heinonen(at)nokiantyres.com

Passenger & Light Truck Products Manager Steve Bourassa, tel. 1 905 336 1588
steve.bourassa(at)nokiantyres.com

Nokian Tires plc,
Product Development Manager Juha Pirhonen, tel. +358 10 401 7708
juha.pirhonen(at)nokiantyres.com

Technical Customer Service Manager Matti Morri, tel. +358 10 401 7621
matti.morri(at)nokiantyres.com
www.nokiantires.com

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