New motor vehicle sales in Romania hit a 14-month peak of 8,028 units in July, shows data released by the Association of Automotive Manufacturers and Importers (APIA).
„From December 2011 till July 2013, the only month when motor vehicle sales by local dealers saw a higher figure was May 2012. However, seven months into 2013, total deliveries to the market (cars plus commercial vehicles) slipped 14% compared to the same period of the year before. Inside this decline one should remark the 13.2% fall in car sales, although the downward pace has slowed down from 19% plus in the previous month,” an APIA release reads.
Jan – July sales totaled 42,996 units compared to 50,003 over January – July 2012.
The business is further supported by purchases made by companies (76% of the 7-month total). Thus, against the backdrop of the late start of the „Cash for Clunkers” program, but also of the difficult access to loans, sales to individuals over the first 7 months account for just 24% of the total (at mid-year this percentage was even lower, of just 19%).
This July’s national production was 25% above the level registered in June and 61% higher year-on-year, taking the aggregate growth from 2012 to 40.2% (for a total volume of 270, 064 units), which is due solely to the car production that went up 48.8% (to a total of 270,050 units). In absolute figures, 77,406 more vehicles were rolled out this year compared to the same period of 2012.
In the model ranking by volume, Dacia Sandero stays on top with 76,153 units (twice the figure registered in 2012), followed by Dacia Duster (74,624 units), Dacia Logan (65,285 units) and Ford B-MAX (50,434 units).
Over 83% of the national car output was exported, with the automotive industry contributing significantly to the narrowing of Romania’s trade deficit.