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Polonez FSO

Posted on: October 21, 2009

FSO Polonez

FSO Polonez

The FSO Polonez is a Polish motor vehicle produced from 1978 to 2002. The car name comes from the Polish dance, polonaise. Essentially the car was a rebodied ”Polski” Fiat 125p, which ” Fabryka samochodow Osobowych’’ (FSO) built under licence from Fiat, based on the Fiat 125p. The internal components (engine, chassis, and other mechanicals) were straight from the ‘’Polski’’ Fiat 125p, but clothed in an entirely new hatchback body designed by Giorgietto Giugiaro. The car was meant to be equipped with Fiat’s DOHC engines in the 1980s, but a crisis at the time made the purchase of a licence from Fiat impossible. This is also why the 125p was produced simultaneously with the Polonez for more than a decade. Moreover, mechanical modernization only took place when it could be applied to both cars. This situation finally changed after the production of the 125p ended in 1991.Now theres no cars like this on Polish roads, like also there any Polish car industries anymore. Polonez was in one of the episode of show Top Gear, which you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MLoRPKoB8k .

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