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September 29, 2020
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New car sales hit 14-month high this July

New car sales in Romania hit a 14-month peak of 8,028 units in July, shows data released on Friday by the Association of Automotive Manufacturers and Importers (APIA), Agerpres reports. ‘From December 2011 till July 2013, the only month when motor vehicle sales by local dealers saw a higher figure was May 2012. However, seven months into 2013, total deliveries to the market (cars plus commercial vehicles) slipped 14 percent compared to the same period of the year before. Inside this decline one should remark the 13.2 percent fall in car sales, although the downward pace has slowed down from 19 percent plus in the previous month,’ an APIA release informs. Jan – July sales totaled 42,996 units compared to 50,003 over January – July 2012. The business is further supported by purchases made by companies (76 percent of the 7-month total). Thus, against the backdrop of the late start of the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program, but also of the difficult access to loans, sales to individuals over the first 7 months account for just 24 percent of the total (at mid-year this percentage was even lower, of just 19 percent).
In the model ranking by volume, Dacia Sandero stays on top with 76,153 units (twice the figure registered in 2012), followed by Dacia Duster (74,624 units), Dacia Logan (65,285 units) and Ford B-MAX (50,434 units). Over 83 percent of the national car output was exported, with the automotive industry contributing significantly to the narrowing of Romania’s trade deficit.

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