Delivering failure

Alan Heath
opublikowano: 22-03-2002, 00:00

Sales of delivery vehicles is continually dropping. By the end of February some 2,900 vehicles were sold, a fall of 26 percent on the previous year. However the situation for domestic producers is bordering on catastrophe with sales down by eighty percent.

These very disappointing results for the sector were announced by industry analysts Samar. They found that 2,938 delivery vehicles with a weight of up to 3.5 tons were sold. Mirosław Oszczygieł, the head of commercial vehicles at Ford Distribution, says that the market is still weak and that bad results can continue to be expected although a small pick up may occur later in the year. Nonetheless he does not expect sales even to come close to what he terms last year's pathetic results.

Home producers only managed to sell 389 vehicles. However it needs to be pointed out that Lublin based manufacturer DMP, formerly the market leader in Poland, has not turned out a single vehicle in months. The company is now in bankruptcy proceedings.

The best seller is Volkswagen which saw growth of 8.6 percent to 493 units. It managed to pass both Citroen and Mercedes which between them sold 403 and 376 vehicles respectively.

Fiat’s sales roughly followed the general market pattern and were down by almost 25 percent to 235 on the first two months of last year.

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