Romania close to hitting fresh all-time high in car production this year despite German crisis

Sorin Melenciuc 04/10/2019 | 16:01

The two carmakers in Romania, Dacia and Ford, have produced more than 317,000 passenger cars in the first eight months of this year and could hit a fresh all-time high output level in 2019 on higher demand for cheap models and new model integration, despite the recent collapse in German car production.

Romanian carmaker Dacia, controlled by French group Renault, has increased its production at the local plant in Mioveni by 7.7 percent in the first eight months of this year compared with the same period of 2018, up to 228,180 vehicles, according to the Association of Automobile Constructors in Romania (ACAROM).

The model with the highest production was Dacia Duster (173,508 units), followed by Dacia Sandero (21,527 units), Dacia Logan (21,416) and Dacia Logan MCV (11,729).

Romanian car manufacturer Dacia has been a subsidiary of the French car manufacturer Renault since 1999. The cars are produced at the Dacia factory in Mioveni, near Pitesti, Romania, and a second one in Tangier, Morocco.

Dacia’s sales in the European Union increased by 10.5 percent year-on-year in the first eight months of 2019, to 406,711 units, exceeding the sales of Seat and Hyundai and approaching Citroen, according to data published by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

Dacia’s only rival in Romania, Ford, has produced 89,479 cars at its Craiova plant in the first eight months of 2019, down 2.4 percent compared with the same period of last year, as the plant prepares to start the production of the new model Puma this autumn.

In January-August, Dacia and Ford have produced together 317,659 cars in Romania, up 4.6 percent against the same period of 2018.

In 2018, Dacia and Ford have produced over 500,000 cars – an all-time high for Romania.

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