New-car sales are down sharply in Poland, but auto production in January rose 4.3 percent from the year before to 41,958 vehicles.
Demand from outside Poland – mostly in western Europe – is driving the manufacturing push. According to the car market research company Samar of Warsaw, nearly 90 percent of all Polish-built cars are going to foreign markets.
“Out of more than 40,000 cars that left the factories in Gliwice, Lublin, Poznan, Tychy and Warsaw in January, 37,574 units [were shipped] outside Poland,” said Samar founder Wojciech Drzewiecki.
In January, Fiat’s share of passenger car production was
58.5 percent. Opel was second with 23.2 percent, followed by Volks-wagen with 14.3 percent and FSO with a 4.0 percent share.