The Polish News Digest report that sales of new passenger cars in Poland totalled 227,158 units in the period January to August, a 10% gain on the same period of last year. The figures come from research company Samar.

The report said that sales of new passenger vehicles produced by Polish car plants dropped by 43.1% year-on-year to 31,783 units, while the sales of imported cars increased by 29.7% year-on-year to 195,375 units in the first eight months of 2003.

August was the first month in 2003, when a decrease in car sales was reported in Poland, but the PND report said that the drop is likely to be only temporary, as the trend towards increased car sales appears to have resumed in September (when some 30,000 cars are expected to be sold).

Car sales dropped by 3.7% year-on-year to 24,043 units in August 2003. Italian carmaker Fiat managed to sell the largest number of passenger cars in Poland in the first eight months of 2003. Fiat sold 38,777 cars in the period between January and August 2003, a 2.8% year-on-year increase. Fiat was followed by Czech carmaker Skoda, with 27,711 sold cars, a 24% year-on-year increase, and by Renault, which sold 24,299 cars, up 18.2% year-on-year.