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IntelliNews - Polish Automotive Sector Report

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The IntelliNews Polish Automotive Report offers an extensive summary of the Polish automotive sector, segmented into passenger and commercial vehicles, car components, buses, rail buses, trucks and tyres. It includes a complete coverage of the latest developments, trends and corporate news, accompanied by thorough statistics and comments. This sector report is ideal to keep you abreast on recent company and industry news. Written by local professionals, it is a unique market and business intelligence analysis, tailored to save time by providing in-depth information, while helping you to make confident and informed business decisions.


The Polish automotive market did not remain resilient to the global economic crisis in 2012, when falling external and domestic demand impacted downward on output, domestic sales and exports.

The production of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles dropped by 23% y/y in 2012, according to market data. The decline sharpened towards yearend, as major producers downsized output in order to adjust to shrinking external demand. Passenger car and LCV production further declined by over 22.7% y/y in January 2013 and is expected to follow the same tendency this year, as demand in the Western Europe continues shrinking.

The sales of new vehicles dropped on an annual comparison last year, as the economic crisis drove individual customers away from new car showrooms, while sales to corporate customers did not manage to offset the decline of the market. On the other hand, the imports of used cars inched up marginally by 0.3% y/y in 2012, as many Poles prefer to buy used cars, encouraged by a system of value-added and excise taxes.
Notably, the number of new cars imported was more than double the number of new passenger cars registered last year.

Automotive exports also recorded y/y decline in value terms last year. The automotive parts segment managed to report positive y/y performance, yet exports started shrinking in Q3/2012 for the first time since 2010 and maintained on the same downward path in the following months.

The situation of the Polish automotive sector follows the same downward tendency in the region and prospects for the future are linked to developments on the European markets, considering that the automotive production is export-oriented. On the upside, as the demand from the main partners, Germany and UK, is less vulnerable to abrupt changes, the Polish market remains stable and continues to attract investments in the sector.

Table of Contents

Market overview
Motor vehicle production drops 21.7% y/y in 2012, as external demand keeps shrinking
Automotive exports drop 7.3% y/y in Jan-Nov 2012, car parts segment performs better
New passenger car, LCV registrations fall 2.5% y/y in 2012
while imports of used cars inch up marginally y/y in 2012
New car registration, output expected to maintain downward path in 2013
Production of buses hits five-year low in 2012, on falling external, domestic demand
Truck output records double-digit y/y growth, yet new registrations drop 3.9% y/y in 2012
Corporate news
Fiat Auto Poland announces massive layoffs on moving Panda model production to Italy
Fiat reportedly mulls switching new Fiat 500 output to Poland as of 2015
VW Poznan remains cautious on forecasting production for 2013
VW Motor Polska is granted award for quality management system
Automotive parts distributor InterCars to set up new logistics, warehousing firm
Goodyear increases stake in Polish tyre maker Debica
Spare parts distributor Fota implements new strategy, shifts focus on domestic operations
AB Volvo to relocate bus production from Sweden to Poland
Statistical appendix

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