Romania’s new car sales in December 2020 increased by 15.98pc to 15,974 units as compared to the same month in 2019, according to the Association of Romanian Automakers (ACAROM).
The Romanian auto sector is witnessing a slow recovery every month since the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown and curbs.
In the twelve months of the year (Jan-Dec, 2020), however, the cumulative new car registration stood at 126,351 units, down by 25.31pc from 161,562 units in the preceding year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that affected the automotive sector across the globe, including Romania, especially in April and May.
Romanian auto parts manufacturers like Dacia and Ford had stopped car production in the period to curb the spread of COVID-19 and all the tire suppliers and manufacturers across Romania and Europe stopped supplies due to the closing of borders and logistical problems.
In 2020, the country’s top car manufacturer Dacia sold 39,919 units, while Renault’s sales stood at 10,273 units, down by 20.66pc and 24.31pc, respectively, as compared to the total sales in 2019.
Skoda and Volkswagen’s total car sales during 2020 stood at 10,288 units and 9,422 units, down by 16.17pc and 10.94pc, respectively from 2019.
Ford’s car sales in 2020 declined significantly by 44.14pc to 6,938 units from the preceding year.