New Syrena Car

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A New Polish Car

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A photograph of the original Syrena, a legend of the the communist period.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Development has announced that a new version of the legendary Polish car, the Syrena, will be produced in Kutno from late 2016. The project will cost more than seven million zloties, the majority of which will come from European Union grants and funding.

The new Syrena will have a 1.4 litre 90 hp petrol engine, with a five-speed manual gearbox. The car uses a steel chassis and largely composite bodywork. Production will probably be on a fairly small scale at least initially with it is estimated 500 cars being produced per year. The cost of each car has been estimated at around 60 thousand złoty.

The original Syrena was produced between 1957 and 1983, first in Warsaw and then in Bielsko-Biala.

See a film report on the project (in Polish) and view the prototype version of the new Syrena here.

Related: information on and images of the original FSO Syrena.

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3 thoughts on “New Syrena Car

  1. kolej1

    It may seem a good idea to produce an affordable car, but I do not think producing a retro car and relying on nostalgia will sell many . Why did they not produce a more modern looking car body and go for a lightweight electric car, or at least petrol/elecric. Now that would be keeping up with modern times! I am not optimistic but hope that I may be proved wrong.

    1. anglik

      Perhaps they hope that the new Syrena will go on to sell as well as other reworking of classic cars – the Mini and the Beetle? But, as kolej, points out, I think probably not. The price is too high and they ought to have looked into doing something ‘different’. By all means keep the same general design, as it does look cute, in some way, but some sort of hybrid or electric engine would probably have been an idea. That said 500 cars a year isn’t a massive number, so it could be a success on this small scale. Besides the EU is footing most of the bill!

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