Sales of new cars decline

The number of cars sold in Romania has declined after at least two years of constant rise. The  first signal of the decline was last month, when the volume decreased versus the previous month  and versus August 2007, but this was generated only by the drop in the Dacia and Daewoo sales.
In August, the importers lost ground by almost 10% versus August 2007. The total volume of cars sold stood at 24,454 units compared with 27,181 in August 2007 and 31,398 in July 2008.
The main reason for this decline was the migration of many buyers to the imported second-hand cars. Dacia is the most affected car make by this trend of the market. Its decline versus July stood at 23.2%, and against the first 8 moths of 2007 at 15.3%, even if it has a new model, Sandero. Slightly over 600 Sandero units were sold in August. Logan sold this year by almost one third less than last year (-27%), the Saptamana financiara informs.
Importers still have reasons to be glad, but only for certain makes or models. Renault, Volkswagen, Peugeot and Chevrolet are the main players recording drops versus 2007. In decline – for the time being against the previous month – are also Ford, Hyundai, Fiat and Toyota, whereas Skoda and Opel are the only makes in top-10 ranking that have maintained their rising trend.

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