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ACAROM: the turnover of the auto industry increased by 10% last year, up to 22 billion euro

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The turnover of the auto industry advanced with 10% in 2016 up to 22 billion euro thus reaching a percentage of 13% of GDP as the industry generates almost a quarter of the total exports of Romania, stated on Thursday the chairman of the Association of Automobile Builders of Romania (ACAROM) Gabriel Sicoe, in a press conference.

The representatives of the ACAROM announced on Thursday that they named Gabriel Sicoe, former vice chairman of the association and the executive manager of Dacia as chairman for the next three years.

The exports of the auto industry are very important for the Romanian economy as the domestic market absorbs a little part of the units produced domestically, explained Sicoe.

‘The exports were of almost 13 billion euro, 24% of the total export of Romania. On the domestic market Dacia sells only 7% of the production and Ford 1%’ stated Sicoe.

The ACAROM chairman asked a better involvement of the authorities in the auto sector, as the total number of the employees is over 206,000 and the elimination of the environment tax led to the explosion of second hand cars.

‘The elimination of the environment tax starting with 1 February led to the recording of 68,731 second hand cars from import with 200.7% more than in the same period of last year. The report between new domestic cars and the used ones from import got to 1/33’ stated Sicoe.

For 2021, the representatives of ACAROM hope an advance of 40% of the turnover of the auto industry, the finalisation of some infrastructure projects such as the highways Pitesti-Sibiu and Craiova-Pitesti and tougher legislative measures which could reduce the imports of second hand cars.

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