Sales of imported vehicles in Romania doubled in the first 10 months of 2000 compared to the same period last year, writes Xinhua News Service (8/12/00).

The official Romanian news agency Rompes said on Thursday (7/12/00) that 11,304 imported cars were sold in the Romanian market to the end of October. This compares to 5,071 sales in the first 10 months of 1999.

The article says that domestic auto-makers sold 52,690 cars -over one-third less than the corresponding period last year -- when 80,390 cars were sold.

However, 6,581 cars were exported, a fivefold increase over the same period for 1999.