Monday, September 28, 2015

Molly Taylor Vehicle Inspection Tips 

Driving a vehicle is one of the most dangerous things people do; however,  you can prevent certain problems if you know how to check your car before driving. Along with Kumho Tyre, experienced rally driver and rising star of Australian Motorsport, Molly Taylor, shares her vehicle preliminary safety check when she sets out on the road.

A General Visual Check
Check under the car for obvious leaks. Driving with leaking fluid may cause failure of the steering, brakes or radiator. Many people are quick to jump into the car and drive, but a 30 second inspection of the car could save you significant cost if there is a problem and more importantly, could help you avoid a serious crash.

Tyre Pressure & Appearance
Driving on underinflated tyres is dangerous and could cause a very serious accident. Air pressure should be checked as often as you fuel up, as this not only improves safety but also increases efficiency, saving you money on fuel and tyre wear. Always examine your tyres for penetrations, bulges, cracks or abnormal wear. Just like your tyre pressure, the condition of tyres can be a major risk factor in motor accidents. Also, don’t forget to check your spare!

Oil & Water Level
You should check your fluid levels weekly. Most new cars will have an indicator to tell you when oil and water levels are low, however every car can be checked manually under the bonnet. Read the owner’s manual for directions on how to check these fluid levels, as this could save you a frustrating wait on the side of the road.

Windscreen Wipers and Washers
Believe it or not, it’s actually against the law to have faulty windscreen wipers. If yours aren’t working correctly it can be extremely hazardous when driving, particularly at speed. These should always be checked before you set out on your next journey. A sudden downpour could see you driving blind, leading to poor visibility and increasing your chances of becoming involved in an accident

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Kumho Tyres Supports Australian Golf

The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of Australia have announced their major sponsors for the upcoming ‘the Australian PGA Championship’ , including the 2015 Holden Scramble. Leading tyre manufacturer Kumho Tyres have partnered with the PGA once again to support the association throughout this calendar year.

Following the overwhelming success of their commercial partnership with PGA Australia in 2014, Kumho Tyres has decided to consolidate their support of golf in Australia in a big way with a brand new major sponsorship deal.

Having first involved themselves with PGA Australia last year, Kumho will utilise tournaments throughout the season to run aligned promotions linked to dealer and consumer incentives. Rated as one of the leading tyre companies in the world, Kumho will also add further credibility to what is already an incredibly well respected organisation in PGA Australia.

David Basha, Head of Marketing for Kumho Tyres Australia is optimistic about the benefits of the new partnership.

“We couldn’t be happier to be the major sponsor of an association as prestigious as PGA Australia,” David stated. “I know there will be a lot we can learn from one another, and I’m confident that Khumo Tyres will continue contribute to Australian Golf in a meaningful way.”

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Bowers Suspension Gets International Makeover

Kumho Tyres have a reputation synonymous with quality and reliability and are always on the lookout for like-minded service centres and tyre outlets to join their ranks. And it is for these reasons that they have chosen Bowers Suspension in Merewether as their next Platinum store.

This upgrade will give Bowers and their customers extra support, product and branding from Kumho, while still being locally owned and operated. This will enhance Bowers local business that has been servicing the community in Newcastle and surrounding areas for over 37 years.

Craig Bower is excited about the opportunity to work with Kumho, and says after taking over the family owned business 20 years ago, this is the next chapter in the Bowers story. “We have been in the area for decades and we like to think people associate our business with excellent service,” Craig said. “This partnership with Kumho is an extension of our service offering and will be great for the local area.”

Kumho Australia’s National Trade Marketing Manager, Glenn Pearse, says Bowers Suspension was chosen as a Kumho Platinum store because of their professionalism and strong track record in customer service within the Newcastle community.

“Bowers Suspension are a leader in customer service and have a long and positive reputation in the Hunter region,” Glenn explained. “The team at Bowers have all displayed the level of professionalism that Kumho is known for and we’re very happy to partner with them.”

The Platinum Dealer program was created to showcase Kumho’s quality product line of passenger car, SUV, 4×4 and commercial vehicle tyres in contemporary customer centred locations with off street parking and family friendly waiting areas, equipped with TV and tea and coffee facilities. The Kumho Platinum Dealer program was launched in October 2011 and has since grown to just under 50 stores across Australia.

Kumho has succeeded in the development of superior tyres for all vehicles including high performance passenger cars, sports utilities and 4X4s as well as trucks, buses, mining and even aircraft.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Kumho Chosen For Latest Ultra High Performance Dodge Viper Acr

Kumho has been chosen by US manufacturer Chrysler as the original equipment tyre supplier for the latest and ultimate high performance version of the Dodge Viper- the hand built street-legal Viper ACR (American Club Racer).

Dodge chose the Kumho ECSTA V720 using 295/25ZR19 on the front and 355/30ZR19 on the rear. The massive rear ECSTA V720s provide the largest combined contact patch of any production car according to Dodge.

Designed and developed especially for the new Viper ACR, the Kumho ECSTA V720 features unique tread patterns and compounds front to rear and have achieved lap times as much as 1.5 seconds faster than dedicated race tyres as well as delivering sustained cornering loads of up to 1.5g during back-to-back testing.

Everyone of the high performance attributes of the ECSTA V720 are needed for the Viper ACR which boasts an awe-inspiring hand-built version of Dodge’s all-alloy 8.4-litre V10 engine, delivering drivetrain with a 481kW of power and 813 Nm of torque, which is thought to be the highest for any naturally-aspirated street legal sports car in the world. It powers through a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission

Dodge product manager Tim Kuniskis says the company’s aim is to dominate road courses around the world and to arm its enthusiast owners with the ultimate Viper track car and.

“This car is not a three lap track special, it has been designed and built to run all day without any tail-off in performance.” said Kuniskis

To achieve this, Dodge has endowed the 2016 Viper ACR with not only extraordinary power and torque but also significant aerodynamic and suspension upgrades including new Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, with six-pot calipers and 390 mm discs at the front and 360 mm discs and four pot calipers at the rear. Suspension is handled by Bilstein adjustable coil over shock absorbers with ten-way adjustment.

Kumho’s ultra-high-performance ECTSA V720 tyres even feature the ACR logo embossed on the sidewall, a nice salute to the extraordinary power and capability of the Viper.

The Viper ACR aero package produces up 900 kg of downforce at 285 kph

The latest Viper ACR has much to live up to following a line of Vipers dating back to 1999, including the last version, which captured the production car lap record around the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit with a time of 7 minutes 12.13 seconds.

With its ECSTA V720 tyres more power and refinement the new Viper ACR should better that significant lap record achievement at the famous circuit in the German Eiffel Mountains.

According to Kumho Tyre Australia national training and marketing manager, David Basha, the supply of super ultra high performance tyres such as the ECSTA V720 for the new Dodge Viper ACR under lines the company’s commitment for pushing the envelope when it comes to tyre performance and capability.

“Developing tyres such as the V720 for extreme demands such as those imposed by the Viper ACR expands our capabilities and the lessons learned flow down into everyday tyres used on regular passenger cars and SUVs,” said David Basha.

Viper ACR will be available for sale in the US from September of this year.