Lower and lower

Alan Heath
09-05-2002, 00:00

In the first four months of this year, 98,600 cars were bought in this country according to industry monitor Samar which shows a fall of more than twenty percent on the same period of last year.

April was the best month so far this year with sales up by almost seven percent on March although this is a seasonal trend which is expected. Industry analysts are however convinced that this year will be worse than last year. Adam Kołodziejczyk, dyrektor generalny Ford Distribution says that the market will be ten to twelve percent down on 2001. Many analysts think that the slight upturn will be of little help to domestic producers which on the whole are offering the cheapest cars. Those to whom these cars are directed are more concerned about the economic difficulties of the country and the fact that they may lose their job tomorrow rather than upgrading their means of transport.

Wojciech Drzewiecki, head of industry analysts Samar, gives concrete examples. The monthly sales of Daewoo seems to have stabilised around 1,800 vehicles and is likely to stay that way until the global situation of the firm is cleared up. Fiat also noted another massive fall in sales and is now close to a monthly figure of 3,500 units.

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