POZNAN, Poland - The fifth Poznan auto show attracted 800 exhibitors, but some leading manufacturers were absent. Daewoo, Renault and Ford, and several Japanese makers did not show.
Their absence was blamed on high rents charged by the organizers. Those present also complained: Joost Buck, chairman of dealer group Kulczyk Tradex, said the passenger-car show should only take place every two years to lower costs.
Fiat launched the Siena, the version of the Palio world car that will be assembled in Poland. Fiat Auto Poland will build 50,000 units a year at its Bielsko-Biala plant. Prices will be announced when the car goes on sale in June.
Opel presented its latest Vectra station wagon and the US-built Sintra minivan. Skoda's new Octavia also attracted a lot of attention.
Polish passenger-car sales are booming. They rose 40 percent in 1996. In the first quarter of 1997 sales were up 32 percent to 130,000 units. The market leaders are Fiat, Daewoo, Opel and Renault.