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17 car brands end 2010 on the rise, signalling market rebound

17 car brands end 2010 on the rise, signalling market rebound

Autor: Bogdan Alecu

23.01.2011, 23:49 21

Car sales recorded an around 19% decline in 2010, according tostatistics of the Automotive Manufacturers and ImportersAssociation (APIA), to nearly 120,000 units, with the rate ofdecline being almost three times lower than the 2009 one.

However, the volume of sales sends the car market back in time,to the 2003 level. In addition to new car sales, over 240,000second-hand cars were registered on the Romanian market, withRomanians paying 1.7 billion euros for cars last year, according toZF estimates.

In all, 17 brands ended last year with rising sales, with 21 carbrands up in December, whereas at the end of 2009 no car brandrecorded growth on the Romanian market.

Dacia continued to be the best-selling new Romanian car, whilethe import market saw Volkswagen return to the top position of theranking, with 10,038 cars, down 8% on the previous year, being inthe only import brand to exceed 10,000 units in 2010.

In comparison, in 2007, the last year of growth for the Romaniancar market, Renault was the first import brand that managed to sellover 30,000 cars on a market that amounted to 370,000 cars.

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