APIA: New Car Sales In Romania Up 12.5% In January-July 2017

Total car sales (vehicles and commercial vehicles) in Romania rose 12.5% on the year in January-July 2017, according to statistics released on Monday by the Romanian Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA).

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Imaginea articolului APIA: New Car Sales In Romania Up 12.5% In January-July 2017

APIA: New Car Sales In Romania Up 12.5% In January-July 2017

In Romania, car sales in the first seven months of 2017 were backed by legal entities’ acquisitions, just like in the previous years, accounting for 65% of total sales (35% in the case of natural persons).

Some 295,000 used cars were registered in the first seven months of 2017, almost the same as in the entire year of 2016), 5.2-fold higher than new cars. According to APIA, this is due to scrapping the environmental tax as of February 1, 2017.

Data regarding the production of carmakers Ford Romania (34,729 units) and Roman SA (10 units) show that in January-July, their sales totalled 34,739 units, 35% more than in the year-earlier period, with the bulk (34,545 units) going to export.

According to APIA, a total 13,776 vehicles were sold in July 2017, 19% fewer than in June, triggering a total 85,379 units for the first seven months of 2017, 12.5% more than in the same period in 2016.

Vehicles, which account for nearly 83% of total sales in January-July 2017 (70,805 units), saw a year-on-year increase of 15.5% and commercial vehicles (freight and passengers) saw a decline of 0.1%.

By car brands, the ranking is led by Dacia, with 23,477 units, followed by Volkswagen, with 8,546 units, Renault with 6,700 units, Ford with 6,624 units and Skoda with 6,353 units.

By car models, with 8,927 units sold, Dacia Logan is the best-selling model in January-July 2017, followed by Dacia Sandero with 5,249 units, Dacia Duster with 4,141 units, Skoda Octavia with 2,666 units and Renault Clio with 2,231 units.

In Europe, the growth rate in new car sales tempered. The biggest markets (which together cover nearly ¾ of total EU member states), except UK (-2.2%), stayed in positive territory, seeing the following evolutions in the first seven months of 2017: France (+3.8%), Germany (+2.9%), Italy (+8.6%) and Spain (+6.4%).

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