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Cars: APIA: 20% drop of automobile market in Romania in first two months

The automobile market in Romania recorded a drop by 20.2% in the first two months of the year, compared to the same period of 2019, 62% of sales being supported by juridical persons, according to statistics made by the Association of Automobile Manufacturers and Importers (APIA).

Specialists point out that the evolution in Romania is in line with that in Europe and to some extent can be explained by the market evolution, generated by observing more seriously CO2 emissions  for 2020, a fact which might have stimulated the more rapid registration of cars in December 2019.

At the level of February, there was a drop of 26.9% compared to the same period of the previous year.

After two months, top 10 is led by Dacia, with 5,744 units (27.3% market share), followed by Volkswagen with 2,005 units (9.5% market share), Skoda (1,822 units, 8.7% share), Renault (1,790 units, 8.5% share), Hyundai (1,548 units, 7.4% market share), Toyota (1,156 units, 5.5% market share) and Ford (1,034 units, 4.9% share).

APIA data show that, Dacia Logan with 2.435 units sold, is a leader. The hierarchy continues with Dacia Duster (1,473 units), Dacia Sandero (1,376), Skoda Octavia (998) and Renault Clio (768).

In the period January-February, automobiles running on gasoline continue to have the highest share, 66.1% of total, on the drop against the share of 66.6% recorded last year. On the other hand,for Diesel cars, the share dropped after the first two months of the year, to 27.9%.

For the green car segment (electric and hybrid), APIA data show that there an increase by 63.8% for fully electric models and an increase of 101.8% for plug-ins. At the same time,hybrid cars record an increase by 3.3%.

Another analysis refers to the evolution of cars with full traction (4x4) which represent 22.8% of total purchases made in 2020, for a total volume of 4,801 units, below the one recorded in 2019 (-3.4%).