The production of cars in Romania has suffered a major slump during the first eight months of 2016. About 240 000 vehicles were manufactured from January to August, which is a decline of 6.5 per cent compared to the same period the year before.
From January 1 to August 30 2016, the Romanian car manufacturer Dacia has produced exactly 211 130 units, while 28 875 vehicles were built in Romania’s Ford factory. The most popular model was the small SUV Dacia Duster, with almost 121 000 units, followed by the Ford B-MAX and the Dacia Logan.
The above might be bad news, but car sales in Romania actually grew by 16.1 percent. The Association of Producers and Importers of Cars (APIA) registered 87,447 sales during the first eight months of 2016. Dacia has a market share of 29.7 percent. On its home turf, the company is being followed by Volkswagen, Skoda and Renault.
As opposed to Bulgaria, the car industry in Romania is huge. After the changes, Dacia developed from a communist producer of vehicles with ancient tech and design, to one of the most successful provider of cars in the low budget segment.