Warsaw – Polish tire sales have seen their largest ever quarterly increase in the first three months of 2016, according Piotr Sarnecki, director general of the Polish Tyre Industry Association.
Year-on-year, passenger car tire sales grew 7 percent and truck tire sales rose by 11 percent during the period. Motorbike tires saw a record-breaking 24-percent growth in the first quarter.
Demand for SUVs – and SUV tires – increased noticeably, which Sarnecki said might trigger a change in the "economy" tire class.
“Those who buy expensive cars with 17-inch wheels or larger are unlikely to opt for lower-end products,” he added.
Explaining the weather impact on tire sales, Sarnecki said that warmer climate had led to a higher rate of motorcycle use and negatively affected winter tire sales.