Romanian car exports higher this year

The Romanian car exports, during the first eleven months of the year, rose by over 56 percent, namely to 238,247 units, 99.8 percent of them being Dacia brands made at Mioveni, and the rest manufactured by Ford and Roman Brasov, report statistical data supplied by the Romanian Association of the Carmakers and Importers (APIA).

As much as 85 percent of the Dacia exports went to the EU countries and were boosted by programmes of car fleet renewal in France, Germany and Italy, but also by the ever more successful Sandero brand launched since 2007.
The car exports will grow to 2.6 billion euros, this year compared to 1.6 billion euros in 2008, while their weight in Romania’s total exports is twice higher, namely from 4.7 percent last year it attained 10 percent in 2009, the Ziarul Financiar daily reads.

The car sales dropped by 55 percent reaching 138,098 units on the Romanian market, over Jan-Nov, APIA statistics say. November recorded the smallest decline, this year, namely 31 percent, the decrease having started in Nov 2008 on the background of the economic downturn and the tougher crediting terms.
‘We expect 130,000 cars to be sold in 2009 without taking into account the re-exports. The real car market will range between 110,000 – 115,000 cars, which is a small market,’ said Renault director for Euromed area Jacques Chauvet.

Dacia traded 39,954 cars on the local market, over the first eleven months of the year, by round 48 percent less compared to the same period last year, when the decline was lower than that of the market.
Hyundai was the bestseller with 10,287 cars, this year, by 13 percent less compared to the same time span, last year, while Volkswagen with 10,054 units and Renault with 9,440 cars came next, APIA data say.

Ford was the bestseller of the imported cars, with 1,066 units sold in November, by 32 percent more than during the similar period last year. Nevertheless Ford’s sales dropped by 56 percent over the first eleven months of the year.

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