The Polish News Digest said that just 68,100 new cars were sold in Poland during the first three quarters of 2002, 45% fewer than during the first nine months of 2001, while there was a 17% increase in imported car sales.

This was mainly due to the fact that Polish-built cars are cheap and those buying them are hit first by financial recessions.

Fiat has recorded reduced sales of 38% so far this year, while Dawwoo-FSO sold 54.8% fewer cars, the report said.