Dacia sales in the European Union (EU) have grown by 8.8 per cent in January, from 18,636 units last year to 20,285 units, on a European market that dropped by 8.7 per cent and reached a new historic low for the first month of the year, Mediafax informs. Dacia’s market share went from 1.9 per cent in January 2012 to 2.3 per cent in January this year, according to the data published yesterday by the Association of European Car Manufacturers (ACEA). Renault’s market share climbed from 8.3 per cent to 8.6 per cent during the period analyzed, as a consequence of a decline slower than the one registered by the market. Renault Group was on third place on the auto market in the EU in January, behind Volkswagen and PSA Peugeot Citroen. Likewise, the sales of Germany’s Volkswagen Group (the market leader) dropped by 5.2 per cent to 215,816 units, while its market share grew from 23.5 per cent to 24.4 per cent. France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen, the second player on the EU auto market sales-wise, registered a steep drop of 16.3 per cent to 101,680 units. PSA’s market share dropped from 12.5 to 11.5 per cent. Total car sales in the EU dropped by 8.7 per cent in January, from 969,219 units in January 2012 to 885,159 units in January this year. January’s new car sales represent a new historic low since 1990, the year in which the data started to be compiled. Of the 885,000 new cars sold last month, approximately 192,000 were sold in Germany, 124,000 in France and 113,000 in Italy. In comparison, 4,500 new cars were sold in Romania and a bit over 1,000 in Bulgaria, 0-100.hotnews.ro informs. Among large countries only Great Britain reported growth, registering an 11.5 per cent growth to 143,643 units, while Germany, the largest market in the EU, reported a drop of 8.6 per cent to 192,090 units. France reported a drop of 15 per cent to 124,798 units. Italy also reported a drop of 17.6 per cent to 113,525 units, while Spain dropped by 9.6 per cent to 49,671 units. Spain was overtaken by Belgium, which reported a 13.3 per cent growth to 50,684 units. ACEA data include auto sales in 26 EU countries, Malta not being included since it has a very small market.