WARSAW Jan 4 New car registrations in Poland in
December rose 13.38 percent year on year to 49,553, their
highest level since June 2000, data published by the Samar
research institute showed on Wednesday.
New registrations rose 17.52 percent month on month, Samar
Registrations have grown for 21 consecutive months, mostly
led by corporate purchases, Samar said.
"This means that individual buyers were a distinct minority
among customers visiting auto showrooms throughout 2016," Samar
said in a statement.
"The used car market remained the main source for supplying
cars to that group, with a large share of imports of such
vehicles," it said.
Sales of diesel-powered cars fell, tracking a broader
European trend, while sales of cars with hybrid and electric
For all of 2016, some 475,942 cars were registered in
Poland, up 16.58 percent from 2015.
The top selling car models were the Skoda Octavia and Skoda
Fabia, produced by Skoda, the Czech subsidiary of
Volkswagen, followed by the Opel Astra, produced by
Germany's Adam Opel AG, part of General Motors.
(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; editing by Jason Neely)