Beginning in 2012 Kumhotire identified design as its "core future growth engine" With the Key, concept of tire design, Kumhotire introduced a new corporate sidewall design to create a recognizable 'face' for the brand. Known as the Wing, designer indicated he wanted "a powerful visual signal, a seal, an identifier. The side of a tire needs this recognition, this expression. A tire needs a face and we think the new Kumhotire face is strong and distinctive. Visibility is vital and that face should immediately allow you to identify a Kumhotire even from a distance." Commenting on the new signature sidewall design in 2012 : "From now on, we'll have it on all our tires"