WARSAW, April 5 New car registrations in Poland
jumped 24.6 percent last month from a year earlier to their
highest in 17 years, data from the Samar research institute
showed on Wednesday.
New registrations totalled 55,526 in March, the most since
December 1999 and up 28.9 percent from February, the
privately-run institute said.
"Institutional clients are currently the driving force of
registrations," Samar said in a statement, adding individuals
were predominantly buying used cars.
Samar estimated about 9.5 percent of the cars were exported
out of Poland shortly after their registration in March.
Registrations have now risen in annual terms for 24
consecutive months and have been growing at double-digit
percentage rates since November.
Poland's $450 billion economy grew at its fastest quarterly
pace in a decade at the end of 2016, underpinned by record low
unemployment, a new child benefit and signs the flow of European
Union aid has accelerated after a sharp contraction.
Top-selling car models in Poland this year have been the
Skoda Fabia and Skoda Octavia, produced by Skoda, the
Czech subsidiary of Volkswagen.
These models were followed by the Opel Astra, produced by
Germany's Opel AG, and the Toyota Yaris.
(Reporting by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Mark Potter)