Dacia has announced a new two-week production stoppage, between January 26 and February 8. The company blames slow orders on the back of the local new car market slump which is being intensified by used car imports.

The firm sells more than a third of its output locally and in December it sold 3,622 units in Romania - 55% down on the same month of the previous year.

"The plunge of the Romanian new vehicle market is a result of the financial crisis effects, but it is also due to the invasion of imported second-hand vehicles and by clients' reluctance, caused by a likely modification of the pollution tax," the company said in a release.

Dacia maintains that a surge in used car imports is harming its business and estimates that there was an almost five-fold increase to 54,700 units in the month of December alone.