Romania’s new car sales in March stood at 7,861 units, up by 18.14pc as compared to the same month in 2020, according to the Association of Romanian Automakers (ACAROM).
In the first quarter of the year (Jan-Mar, 2021), however, the country’s new car sales fell by 25.79pc to 20,762 units from 27,979 units sold in the prior-year period.
Dacia remained the largest car-selling company jn the Jan-Mar period, however, its market share keeps shrinking amid higher competition from Ford.
Dacia produced sold 3,830 units in the Jan-Mar period. It was followed by Ford with 1,905 units, Toyota with 1,882 units, Hyundai with 1,844 units, Skoda with 1,767 units, Volkswagen with 1,548 units, Renault with 1,049 units, BMW with 939 units, Mercedes-Benz with 810 units, and Suzuki with 809 units.
Dacia had halted production in March at its auto plant due to the unavailability of semiconductor chips amid the COVID-19-induced lockdown.
The Romanian auto sector is witnessing a slow recovery. The car sales in Romania are expected to become better in the coming months as the Romanian government has resumed its car replacement scheme (Rabla), as per local media reports.