By Alex Kapadia
Korean tyres manufacturers will be hoping that they will ride on the back of strong sales from car makers Hyundai.
The Korean car company is enjoying a sales boom in the UK where they sold more retail cars than Ford for the first time ever in August.
The tyres for the Korean vehicles are almost exclusively supplied by domestic manufacturers.
Hyundai sold a total of 3,531 retail cars in the month, just ahead of Ford, which sold 3,374.
The figures do not include fleet sales, of which Ford made a total of 10,754 registrations, while Hyundai made 3,737.
The news comes as new car registrations rose by 6% in August compared with the same time last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
It is the second consecutive month car sales have seen an increase, following a 2.4% rise in July.
The SMMT said the rise is due to the success of the scrappage scheme, and a higher demand for small petrol cars.
It predicted sales would be even higher in September as it typically accounts for around 17% of all new car registrations in a year.