Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – National register has
nearly 30,000 cars less than dealers claim to have sold. Second-hand cars are
often treated as new ones, some cars are re-exported, some sold to dealers –
these are the reasons for the discrepancy. But the discrepancy is too big.
For years, the Poles have monitored new car sales
date with emotions. They used to make decisions concerning their car basing on
the reports. They will be shocked to hear that the data published by producers
differs decisively from what the central register of vehicles and drivers
(CEPiK) shows. In the January 2006 – September 2007 period, 28,800 cars
disappeared. BMW is the most surprising example. The German car producer told
Samar, a company monitoring the market, that it had sold 4,357 new cars. CEPiK
registered only 2,525, or 40 percent less.
“BMW reports to Samar also when it sells
second-hand cars”, Pawel Kacprzyk from the Polish Association of Automotive
Industry (PZPM) and the head of Volvo Auto Polska, said.
Next to BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat, Lada,
SsangYong and Intrall had this problem. Surprisingly, differences are much
smaller in case of Japanese brands, Ford or Opel.
The companies explain that the rules of reporting
sales are different, hence the discrepancies. Out of companies asked for
explanation, Fiat, Skoda and Lada offered some while Volkswagen, Audi, Seat,
Citroen or KIA did not respond. Representatives of the automotive industry say
that they don’t break the law because different definitions and rules are