Hankook Tire Secures Top Honours at Red Dot Design Awards with Revolutionary e-Bus Tyre

Hankook Tire & Technology, has once again affirmed its reputation for outstanding design by clinching the "Winner" title in the Product Design category at the 2024 Red Dot Design Award. This prestigious accolade was announced during the international design competition held by Germany’s International Forum in Hannover.

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Published on
May 13, 2024

The Red Dot Award, a globally recognised platform, adjudicates entries across various domains including Product Design, Brands & Communication Design, and Design Concept. The awards evaluate numerous aspects of industrial products, such as design aesthetics, functionality, quality, and environmental consideration.

This year, the spotlight was on Hankook Tire’s latest innovation, the “e-SMART City AU56,” a tyre specifically engineered for electric buses. Scheduled for a global release by year-end, this tyre is anticipated to enhance Hankook Tire’s standing in the electric vehicle tyre segment considerably.

The e-SMART City AU56 incorporates advanced materials and state-of-the-art technology to boost the performance attributes required for electric buses. It features a tyre tread block technology that not only improves grip but also extends the tyre’s lifespan, significantly surpassing the durability of conventional bus tyres.

Moreover, the tyre’s sidewall is adorned with a distinctive block-like groove and colour design that not only enhances its visual appeal but also contributes functionally by reducing the tyre’s overall weight and visibly diminishing wear from frequent contact with curbs and other surfaces.

Hankook Tire's commitment to design excellence has been consistently recognised since 2012, with the company accumulating 17 accolades at the Red Dot Design Awards alone. Notably, in 2015, Hankook Tire was the first Korean company to receive the highest distinction, the Luminary, at these awards.

The company's sustained success is also evident from its annual victories at other esteemed design competitions globally, such as the iF Design Award in Germany and the IDEA Award in the United States, further cementing its status as a frontrunner in the global tyre industry.

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