“With the high mileage on offer and premium retread solution, the long service life of the tires helps to achieve a high level of fleet efficiency and therefore ensure sustainable fleet management,” commented Hinnerk Kaiser, Head of Product Development Bus and Truck Tires at Continental.
The rubber compounds used by the Conti Hybrid Generation 5 tyre line have been further developed specially to meet the exacting demands of regional transport. The Conti Hybrid line is the first to be upgraded into the manufacturer's Generation 5 products.
The treads, with their two-layer construction (cap base) and innovative compounds, enable a high mileage and considerable robustness while also optimising rolling resistance in regional transport use. The mileage improvements reported by the company are up to 20% in the Conti Hybrid HS5. This also has a positive impact on fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. Both the Conti Hybrid HS5 for the steer axle and the Conti Hybrid HD5 for the drive axle offer top-class performance in all weather conditions and even with residual tread depths towards the end of the tyre life. A robust tread with new, full-width 3D matrix sipes takes the credit here.
Meanwhile, a 0° belt casing on the Conti Hybrid HS5 in 315/70 R22.5 format brings additional stability, a uniform wear pattern and optimal retreadability to the steer axle. A long and unbroken steel belt runs over the radial casing in the direction of travel. This construction optimises pressure distribution in the contact surface, especially under varying load conditions, as well as reducing the stress on the belt edges, which increases the service life of the tyre and retreadability.
The newly developed tread structure of the Conti Hybrid HD5 protects the tread and casing very effectively against stone damage at the drive axle. Centre grooves with increasing cavities in the second half of the tyre’s service life and special stone ejectors prevent stones becoming embedded in the tyre.
The new Conti Hybrid tyres will initially be available in Conti Hybrid HS5 315/70 R 22.5, Conti Hybrid HS5 385/55 R 22.5 and Conti Hybrid HD5 315/70 R 22.5. Next year the range will be expanded to include 295/80 S&D, 385/65 S&D, 315/70 S&D, 385/55 S, 315/80 S&D.
All tyres are also available from the factory as smart tyres and can be connected to digital solutions such as the ContiConnect digital tyre management system with the pre-installed tyre sensor.