Kumho Tyres is to supply tyres for the Mercedes Benz A-Class.

The Korean tyre maker said it would supply its Solus KH15 in size 185/65R15 for the hatchback, which is manufactured at DaimlerChrysler‘s Rastatt plant in southwest Germany.

Kumho described the DC deal as “a major achievement” and said it was likely to have a significant impact on the global OE business of the Seoul-based company, the first Korean tyre manufacturer to supply Mercedes Benz.

The development programme for the new tyres was led by Kumho’s Birmingham, UK-based European Technical Centre with the main focus on ride refinement while maintaining optimum levels of wet and dry performance and low-rolling resistance.  New tread compound and casing materials were developed specifically for the A-Class version of the KH15.

The tire will bear the MO (Mercedes Original Equipment) symbol on its sidewall to indicate that it is an approved fitment for Mercedes Benz cars.

Kumho Tyre Europe president HS Lee said: “We intend to focus increasingly on the growth of our OE business in the future.”