Romanian carmaker and Renault unit Dacia's sales in Europe dropped by 53% to 93,258 units in the first four months of this year, according to the Romanian Automobile Manufacturers Association - ACAROM.

The decrease was steeper than the 38.5% decrease in the number of new cars registered in the European Union in the same period, reported.

The decline at Dacia started before the coronavirus pandemic.

Dacia's sales in the first two months of the year were down by 29% compared to the same period of 2019 to 57,754 units.

In the next two months (March-April), Dacia's sales plunged by 70% to 35,500 units.

The automaker suspended production at the factory in Mioveni, Romania, in mid-March, and resumed it at the beginning of May.

In the first four months of 2020, 2.75m new cars were registered in the EU, a decrease of 38.5% compared to the same period in 2019.