ACEA: Romania ranks first in EU by newly registered cars in May

In the first five months of the year, Dacia’s sales surpassed 155,000 units.

Car sales in the European Union and the countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) increased for the ninth straight month, as the recovery of the eurozone economy encouraged consumers to buy new models, CNBC reports. The automotive market in Romania surged by 46.1 percent last month, with 6,001 newly registered cars compared to 4,107 units in May 2013. In the first five months, sales in Romania were up 18 percent, to 24,200 units. It’s the highest advance recorded in May in the EU. In comparison, car sales in Germany, the largest European automotive market, gained 5.2 percent in May, according to data released by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) on Tuesday. The same data shows the carmaker Dacia, Romania’s strongest export brand, saw its sales in the EU grow by 25 percent in May 2014, compared to the same month last year, to 30,850 units. Dacia’s market share in the EU grew to 2.8 percent, from 2.4 percent in May 2013.

In the first five months of the year, Dacia’s sales in the EU surpassed 155,000 units, which is a 37 percent increase year-on-year. The Romanian carmaker’s market share was 2.9 percent, compared to 2.2 percent in the first five months of 2013. Only American brand Jeep had a bigger increase in sales in the same period, but Jeep sells more than ten times fewer units than Dacia in the EU. Dacia, which is owned by French group Renault, went up two positions in the EU car sales ranking, to 14, surpassing Korean manufacturer Kia and Spanish carmaker Seat, which is part of Volkswagen group. New passenger car registrations in the EU grew 4.5 percent in May, which is the ninth consecutive increase. For the first five months, the growth was 6.9 percent, to a total of 5.43 million units sold.

On the other hand, according to data of the Association of Car Makers and Importers, the sales of cars on the Romanian market went up by 19.4 percent in May compared to April to 8,079 units whereas the local production went down by 1.6 percent to 34,000 units and exports went down by 5.6 percent to 30,708 cars. Over the first five months, the brands top is led by Dacia with 9,832 units sold (32.6 percent of the total amount), followed by Volkswagen (2,995 units/9.9 percent), Skoda (2,816 units/9.3 percent). In terms of models, Dacia Logan is the best selling model in May, and over five months as well, followed by Dacia Sandero, Dacia Duster, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf.


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