Dacia motorcar sales in January, most significant progress in Europe


The market share of the Romanian car manufacturer increased from 2.2 pc to 2.9 pc, according to the statistics of the
European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association.

The sales of Dacia motorcars in January 2014 made the most significant progress in Europe (the EU plus the EFTA) and the market share of the Romanian car manufacturer increased from 2.2 per cent to 2.9 per cent, according to the statistics of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which were published in Tuesday.
Dacia motorcar registrations amounted last month to 28,519, up by 38.1 per cent from January 2013 (20,648), whereas almost all the important manufacturers saw increases in sales, from 8.2 per cent for the Volkswagen Group to 6.9 per cent for Peugeot Citroen, to 8.8 per cent for Ford, to 1.2 per cent for the BMW Group.
The sales of the Renault group grew last month by 13 per cent due to the sound demand for its low-cost brand Dacia. The companies Toyota (15.6 per cent), Kia (3.1 per cent) and Mazda (26.9 per cent) saw increases in sales last month.
In 2013, 294.422 Dacia motorcars were registered in the 29 European states, up by 22.8 per cent from 2012, when registrations stood at 239,738 motorcars.
The six declining years of motorcar sales in Europe might come to an end in 2014, when a 2 per cent progress of passenger vehicle registrations would be obvious, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association said on January 29.
Last year 11.9 million new motorcars were registered in the European Union member states, down by 1.7 per cent from 2012. This was the poorest year for the European motorcar market since 2003, when the ACEA started collecting data on this subject. In exchange, in December 2013, motorcar sales grew by 13 per cent up to 906,294 cars, the highest monthly increase after December 2009. Statistics refer to the motorcar markets in 29 European states, of which 26 come from the European Union, but without Malta, and three states participating in the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA), namely Ireland, Norway and Switzerland.
Dacia Dokker VAN electric
In a separate move, a Spanish company named Audax Energy conceived a full-electric version of the Dacia Dokker van and plans to put several units in the market if dealers show their interest for it, hotnews.ro reports. The Spanish designers removed the internal combustion engine and fitted instead an electric motor and a battery with the maximum distance covered before recharge being 160 km and a recharging time of 8 hours. The Spaniards say that an advantage also consists in the fact that the car can be recharged using any normal power plug and the recharge costs are 10 times smaller than those of the fuel used by any normal van with a diesel engine. There is no exact price of the electric vehicle and, instead, the company contemplates ways in which the vehicle can be tested by interested customers and taken in leasing for short periods of time.

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