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September 24, 2021

Dacia – up in EU, down in Romania

New Dacia motor-vehicle registrations in the European Union (EU) were up by 4 per cent in October, to a total of 21,320 units, and by 10.5 per cent in the first ten months of the year, to 213,964 units, Mediafax reports. The Romanian brand was nonetheless exceeded in its growth by three other auto brands, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). In the first ten months, the biggest growth was reported by Land Rover (25.9 per cent), Nissan (12.7 per cent) and Volvo (11.9 per cent) and in October by Mitsubishi (43.2 per cent), Alfa Romeo (11.4 per cent) and BMW (6 per cent).

Dacia last year recorded the biggest rise in registrations in Europe, by 29 per cent, notably benefiting from the voluntary vehicle retirement programmes implemented in Germany, France and other countries of the EU. However, once the government subsidies had stopped, sales suddenly came to a slow-down.

In other developments, the Romanian automotive market came down three positions in the EU standings since the beginning of the year, down to number 17, in terms of new passenger vehicle registrations in the first ten months of the year, with the fifth biggest decline out of a total of 25 member states. New passenger vehicle registrations in Romania dropped by 26.6 per cent from January to October on a year-upon-year basis, to 70,629 units, while the EU market contracted by only 5.5 per cent, to 11,279 M units, reads a release presented by the Association on Tuesday.

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