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Continental’s New Motor Coach Tire Rolls Out at MATS


  • Fuel efficient steer or all-position tire is optimized for long distance coaches
  • HSL1 Coach has been submitted to SmartWay for verification
  • Tire will available for sale next month


Mid-America Trucking Show, Louisville, Ky., March 23, 2010. To help tour bus operators enjoy greater fuel economy, Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (“Continental”) is unveiling the new HSL1® Coach, a premium steer and all-position tire for long distance motor coaches.

The new HSL1 Coach (Heavy Steer Long Haul) will be launched this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show in the Continental “Untamed Innovation Tour” mobile exhibit. Superior comfort and quiet running are the hallmarks of this tire that will please both passengers and bus operators alike, according to Continental.

Not only does the HSL1 Coach offer a quiet ride, but a low rolling resistance compound and a special tread design provide excellent fuel economy. The HSL1 Coach meets the U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership’s rolling resistance limits and has been submitted for verification as a fuel saving tire, according to Roger Stansbie, director of radial truck tire technology development for Continental – the Americas.

Evenly-distributed pressure throughout the tire’s footprint will allow for uniform wear and outstanding mileage, which lower driving costs for coach operators. The HSL1 Coach’s 19/32 inches of tread depth and five rib tread pattern also provide excellent handling, which is crucial in this application, said Clif Armstrong, Continental’s director of marketing for commercial vehicle tires – The Americas.

“The HSL1 Coach shows great promise in helping motorcoach operators, and even recreational vehicle owners, to save money at the fuel pump while still offering the peace of mind of optimal handling. It’s a great balance of long mileage, excellent reliability and fuel savings,” Armstrong said.

The HSL1 Coach can be seen at the Continental “Untamed Innovation Tour” in booth #18252 at Mid-America. It will be available for sale in April in size 315/80R22.5, load range J.


About Continental Tire the Americas

Based in Fort Mill, S.C., Continental Tire the Americas, LLC manufactures and distributes a complete premium line of passenger, light truck and commercial tires for original equipment and replacement markets. Our ultra-high, performance tires include award-winning technologies that focus on safety, help save money, and reduce CO2 emissions.  Continental’s premium products are available at leading independent tire dealers, car dealers, and mass retail companies across North America. Continental Tire is a proud supporter of IMSA, Major League Soccer (MLS), West Coast Customs, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, and Petty’s Garage.


About Continental AG

Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2014, the corporation generated preliminary sales of approximately €34.5 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tire, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs approximately 208,000 people in 53 countries.



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