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Nicholas Sarkozy: The funds invested in Renault rescued Dacia plant from Mioveni

The French President, Nicholas Sarkozy, greeted the fact that the Romanian authorities realized the importance of the French plan to support the automotive industry, a plan which, in fact, has rescued Dacia plant in Romania, RFI says, cited by Mediafax. In a speech delivered within the informal summit of the European Union addressing anti-crisis measures, which took place on Thursday evening in Brussels, Nicolas Sarkozy, made a direct reference to his Romanian counterpart, Traian Basescu.


“I recollect the fact that when I proposed, on behalf of France, the first plan to support the automotive industry, there were critics that France and the French presidency allegedly encourage protectionism. It did not take long until other countries did the same as we did. I can tell you a joke: the Romanian President Traian Basescu came to see me to tell me how happy was he with the working of Renault plants in Romania. I told him that this was undoubtedly related to the EUR 3 bln. which France granted to Renault”, Nicolas Sarkozy said. Meanwhile, paying a visit on Friday to Titu based Renault Technical Center, President Traian Basescu specified that the reaction of the Romanian authorities was a fast one, at that time, and they got the loan that Renault needed from the European Investment Bank, a loan guaranteed by the Romanian State.


Logan MCV number 250,000


The French group continues ascension in Romania through the plant based in Mioveni and thus led to the production of Logan MCV number 250,000, namely a model of 1.5 l dCI, white color, for the French market.


On the other side, Dacia Logan vehicles to sell in Ukraine shall be under Renault brand as of September, in order to gain more fame in the market, the cars remaining to be delivered from Romania, according to the general manger of Renault Ukraine, Marc Le Gratiet, cited by the daily newspaper Kyiv Post, Mediafax informs. The French group also analyses the option to import in Ukraine Logan vehicles produced in Russia, the official added.


Renault Fluence is to be launched in Romania also.


According to the sales manager of Renault for the Romanian market, Fabrice Cambolive, this sells at less than EUR 13,000, VAT included, and this helps the constructor to reach again the first position within the top of best sold import brands in Romania.


Sales of light commercial vehicles and mini – buses declined by 68.62 pc


The sales of light commercial vehicles (below 3.5 t) and mini buses dropped, over the first eight months of 2009, by 68.62 per cent to 9,065 units compared to the similar time period of 2008, when 28,889n units sold, according to the data released by the Association of Producers and Importers of Vehicles (APIA), cited by The Money Channel.


The sales of domestic light commercial vehicles (below 3.5 t) and mini buses, over the first eight months of 2009, resulted in 1,978 units sold, down by 72.1 per cent compared to the similar amount of time of 2008, whereas the sales of such type of imported vehicles resulted in 7,097 units sold, down by 67.4 per cent less than during the similar time period of the previous year.


According to APIA, over the first eight months of 2009, Fiat sold the largest number of light commercial vehicles (below 3.5 t) and mini buses, followed by Ford, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Renault, Iveco, Toyota, Citroen and Mitsubishi.

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