New car sales totalled 34,472 units in the first half of the year in Romania, up by 10.4 per cent year-on-year (31,225 units in H1 of 2014). At the same time, the imports of used cars grew by 14 per cent year-on-year to 112,444 units (98,633 units in H1 of 2014).
When it comes to new car sales, Dacia is the incontestable leader with 11,055 units sold (+11.22 per cent), followed by Skoda (3,305 units, +10.17 per cent), Volkswagen (3,132 units, +19.86 per cent), Ford (2,613 units, +2.27 per cent) and Renault (1,956 units, +20.4 per cent).
In what concerns the sales of used cars, Volkswagen tops the rankings with 32,078 units sold (+15.9 per cent), followed by Opel (19,454 units, +9.4 per cent), Ford (12,998 units, +13.1 per cent), BMW (7,813 units, +24 per cent) and Audi (7,642 units, +17.9 per cent). Mercedes-Benz is not as best-selling on the used cars market as BMW and Audi, being surpassed by Skoda and Renault when it comes to imports.
2014 marked the rebound of the Romanian auto market, which grew by 21.4 per cent compared to 2013, this being the first positive result after 6 years of consecutive slumps. Overall, 70,112 new cars were sold in Romania in 2014. At the same time, in 2014 the imports of used cars dropped by 0.8 per cent (to 219,929 units), while re-sales of units already existing on the internal market grew by 5.7 per cent (to 217,304 units).