A tyre technology
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”.