Continental becomes the original equipment supplier of the all-electric Kia Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Kia Niros will leave the factory with EcoContact 6 Q, PremiumContact 6 and ProContact RX tires. In 2021, 10 of the 7 highest volume electric vehicle manufacturers preferred Continental tires as original equipment. About 33% of all vehicles in Europe roll off the assembly line with Continental tires.
Technology company and premium tire maker Continental has become the original equipment supplier for Kia's new Niro model. Niro's hybrid and plug-in models leave the factory with Continental's EcoContact 6 Q, PremiumContact 6 and ProContact RX premium tires. 17″ EcoContact 6 Q tires are fitted to the fully electric Niro model in European, Middle Eastern and African factories. HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) and PHEV (plug-in hybrid) models leave the factory with 18″ PremiumContact 6 series tires.
EcoContact 6 Q: Long tire life guaranteed
EcoContact 6 Q stands out not only with its high energy efficiency and long service life, but also with its superior road holding and braking performance. The tread profile ensures a longer tire life by constantly adapting to the road surface. The specially developed rubber compound minimizes friction when the tire comes into contact with the road surface, so the tire absorbs less energy and reduces rolling resistance. Thanks to the developed blocks, sipes and side channels, the noise level of the EcoContact 6 Q series has also been optimized.
Safety and comfort at the highest level: PremiumContact 6
The winner of the 2022 summer tire test of ADAC, Europe's largest automobile association, PremiumContact 6 offers an unmatched level of safety and comfort. The special rubber composition of the tread area, which is a very important factor in the tire's handling, shows superior safety and wet braking properties. The tire design provides high cornering stability and lateral power transfer. Its special design with circumferential channels increases wet and dry handling and steering sensitivity. The Continental ProContact RX stands out as an all-season touring tire that focuses on traction and braking performance on both wet and dry roads. Precise steering response offers excellent handling.
About 33% of vehicles in Europe roll off the assembly line with Continental tires
In many countries of the world, Continental also supplies summer, winter and all-season tires to the tire replacement market, such as the test champion AllSeasonContact for Kia Niro. Automakers around the world trust Continental as their leading tire supplier. About 33% of vehicles in Europe roll off the assembly line with Continental tires. Continental is gradually strengthening its position as a tire supplier for fully electric vehicles. In 2021, 10 of the 7 highest volume electric vehicle manufacturers worldwide chose the tire manufacturer's high-tech expertise as original equipment.