CARS from Poland's biggest manufacturer may soon become a familiar sight in southern China. A Hong Kong firm, E. & Europe (Holdings), is negotiating to buy 5,000 Polonez Caros to sell across there. A service centre has been established in Shenzhen. 'It is one of the biggest deals negotiated by the motor company in this part of the world,' said Andrzej Buszko, Poland's commercial consul in Hong Kong. The plan is to promote the five-seater model as a taxi. The deal comes as the manufacturers, the FSO Motor Company, opens a new chapter in its history in partnership with US motor vehicle giant General Motors. 'Collaboration with a financially powerful partner employing the latest technology and manufacturing methods is a must for our factory,' said Andrzej Tyskiewicz, FSO's director-general. 'Co-operation with powerful Western partners is the only chance for the Polish motor vehicle industry.' He said a completely new Polonez designed by GM and FSO engineers would roll off the assembly line within four years. In the meantime, the model has been vastly improved while remaining competitively priced. 'We have changed our organisational structure, management style and, most importantly, our product,' Mr Tyskiewicz said. 'The Polonez you see today looks much better, functions much better and is of better quality.' Improvements include a new exhaust system which meets the most stringent European Union and US standards, new fuel-injection system providing a capability to run on lead-free fuel, anti-corrosion protection, improved seats and Italian-designed body. FSO's new-look operation has been keen to return to overseas markets and the E. & Europe (Holdings) plan will be one of its first foreign deals since a new sales network was created two years ago. The company started building cars in 1951.