September 1960 saw the birth of Samyang Tire, the predecessor of today's Korea-based KUMHO Tire. In those days, outdated technology and a shortage of facilites forced the company to produce tires through manual labour. At the end of the '60s, KUMHO poured energy into building its Songjung Plant. With this new facility, combined with new ties to UNI Royal of the USA, KUMHO caught up in technology, entered the world marketplace and continued to grow throughout the ‘70s. KUMHO survived the political turmoil of the 1980s, and business soared in the 1990s and into the 21st century.
Kumho makes tires for passenger cars, light trucks/SUVs, and commercial trucks. Passenger car tires are divided into eight categories, or series of tires. Competition Racing tires provide extreme traction and superior handling characteristics. Ultra High Performance tires use race proven technology to meet challenges. The combination of ultra high performance directional tread designs and ultra high performance tread compounding delivers the highest quality in responsive handling and cornering characteristics in both wet and dry road conditions.
High Performance All Season tires offer the ultimate combination of quiet ride, handling, wet traction and long mileage, making them a great high performance value. Premium Touring All-Season tires and Broadline A/S Touring All-Season are designed to provide a quiet, comfortable ride with advanced handling and control for today’s leading touring coups and sedans. Snow tires have been developed for severe weather conditions and drive smoothly in snow and ice. Original Equipment tires are fitted on many Original Equipment vehicles requiring many different types of driving demands.
Light truck or SUV tires are divided into six categories. Ultra High Performance Light Truck tires and Sport Truck and Van tires blend performance and style, combining a sporty tread pattern with optimum levels of grip and treadwear.
This tire is designed to be on pavement 100% of the time. Highway All-Season tires demonstrate exceptional treadwear, braking, and handling performance, in both wet and dry conditions, along with an exceptionally quiet and comfortable ride. These tires are designed for 95% on road use and 5% off road use.
All Terrain tires bring improved off-road and snow traction along with exceptional highway treadwear, braking, and handling performance, and a quiet, comfortable ride. These tires are designed for 70% on road use and 30% off road use. Mud Terrain tires are engineered for 50% on road use and 50% off road use. Commercial tires, engineered for use on commercial pickups and vans, combine first-class levels of treadwear, handling and ride comfort with all season traction and braking performance.
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