Romania to hit all-time high in car production this year

Sorin Melenciuc 22/11/2018 | 11:53

Romania will reach an all-time high in car production this year as the two car makers in the country, Renault and Ford, have speeded up production in the first ten months.

Dacia, the low-cost subsidiary of the French car maker Renault, has increased its production at the Mioveni plant by 7.7 percent year-on-year during the first ten months of this year up to 280,973 vehicles, according to the Association of Automobile Constructors in Romania (ACAROM).

The model with the highest production was Dacia Duster (195,788 units), followed by Dacia Sandero (38,331 units), Dacia Logan (27,971) and Dacia Logan MCV (18,883).

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 only rival in Romania, Ford, has produced almost 120,000 cars at its Craiova plant in the first ten months of 2018, almost three times more than in the same period of last year (when only 41.000 cars were produced) due to the new model EcoSport, a small SUV produced since autumn of 2017 on the background of the growing market for the SUV segment in Europe.

Ford acquired the Craiova plant in 2008 from the Romanian government and began passenger cars production in September 2009 with the Transit Connect model and later with the Ford B-Max.

The Craiova plant has a production capacity of 300,000 units per year, but Ford never reached even half of the maximum capacity.

But for this year Ford estimates a total production of around 140,000 cars as it has started a EUR 200 million investment plan to expand its production capacity and to launch a second model in production.

Romania’s total production reached 400,000 cars in January-October 2018, exceeding the production registered in the entire year 2017.

In 2017, Ford recorded a total production of 49,771 cars and Dacia produced 313,883 units in Romania, the total production reaching 363,654 units.

At this level of production, Automobile Dacia and Ford Romania posted record high turnover and profits in 2017.

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