INCREASING RATES of exchange between the deutschemark and the Polish zloty may result in a significantly higher import car prices.
Car dealers say that if zloty continues its decline, imported cars will get so expensive that Poland's car market may face problems. Before the crisis, a French Renault Megane or Peugeot 306 cost about $575 (zl2,000) more than comparable cars produced in Poland.
This difference may now increase to as much as $1,440, since import car prices are based on the currency of the country in which they are produced.
Prices are calculated the day the client picks up the car, so dealers fear that many clients may withdraw or suspend orders placed prior to the crisis.
Car producers say that they may also be affected. 'Producers may keep imported parts in stores, but the storage will not last for long,' said Adam Kolodziejczyk, managing director of Toyota Motor Poland.