A tyre technology

First since

Already in 1934, Nokian Tyres developed and manufactured the world’s first winter tyre to match the winter frost. Two years later, the Northern winter witnessed the birth of Nokian Hakkapeliitta, the legendary snow road champion designed for passenger cars.

The Kelirengas was designed for trucks; together with buses, they formed most of the road traffic in the 1930s. The strong tread made the Kelirengas a winter tyre, as its transverse grooves gripped the snow like a cog wheel. The tread pattern was loose and it could clean itself well while driving, which in turn improved the grip. The entire concept of the tyre was based on a good grip surface. As the advertisement stated, “braking is more effective, and sliding sideways in corners and turns is entirely eliminated”.

Suomen Gummitehdas Osakeyhtiö is established.
Passenger car tyre production starts in Nokia.
“Kelirengas”, the first winter tyre in the world.
The legendary Hakkapeliitta winter tyre is born.
The Hakkapeliitta winter tyre range expands. The studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV and the van tyres Nokian Hakkapeliitta C3 and Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3.
The world’s first winter tyre with retractable studs. Nokian Hakkapeliitta concept tyre.
New Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 – the world’s first winter tyre with an A class rolling resistance rating designed for electric cars.

80 years since the invention of the winter tyre: Nokian Kelirengas mastered safe turns in snowy weather


This is how the winter tyre has changed – comparing the world’s first winter tyre to the state-of-the-art non-studded winter tyre