The auto market has grown by 17.9 per cent in the first half of the year, the sales of passenger cars and utility vehicles reaching the level of 55,400 units, the sales of passenger cars growing by 16.2 per cent, June 2015 being the auto market’s best month in the last six years, the Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA) announced on Tuesday.
“Sales on the Romanian market continue to be backed by the purchases made by corporate buyers, their share in the total sales registered in H1 standing at 77 per cent, on the downturn nevertheless compared to the situation registered after five months, when their share stood at 81 per cent. This evolution is explainable through the impact of the Cash for Clunkers Programme, which on one hand generated market expectations in the first four months of the year and consequently smaller sales on the individual buyers segment and, on the other hand, has been generating higher sales on the corporate segment in the past two months,” APIA shows in a communiqué.
34,790 auto vehicles were manufactured in June, up by 1.9 per cent month-on-month, the total production thus reaching 212,433 units after six months, up by 0.9 per cent year-on-year. Of those, 186,107 auto vehicles were manufactured by Dacia and 26,326 by Ford.
Total sales stood at 55,439 units in the first half of the year, up by 17.9 per cent. The sales of passenger cars grew by 16.2 per cent to 45,667 units.
The brand rankings are topped by Dacia with 17,010 units sold (37.2 per cent of the total), followed by Volkswagen (4,355 units, 9.5 per cent), Skoda (4,056 units, 8.9 per cent), Renault (2,878 units, 6.3 per cent), Ford (2,790 units, 6.1 per cent) and Opel (1,607 units, 3.5 per cent).
In what concerns the auto vehicles’ country of origin, 35.4 per cent are made in Romania, 16.8 per cent are imported from Germany, 9.7 per cent from the Czech Republic, 7.8 per cent from Spain and 7 per cent from France. The sales of auto vehicles made in Romania have grown by 29 per cent this year compared to the same period last year, while the sales of imported auto vehicles have grown by only 10.3 per cent.