Sales of new passenger cars and commercial vehicles in Romania rose 20% year on year to 187,276 units in 2018, the highest in 10 years, according to the Association of Car Manufacturers and Importers in Romania – APIA.

New passenger car sales increased by 21.4% in 2018 to 158,268 units, while commercial vehicle sales went up 11.1%, to 29,000 units, reported.

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Sales of imported used cars declined 9.1% to 473,600 units.

In the new passenger car segment, local brand Dacia consolidated its top spot with over 51,200 units delivered in 2018, up 29%, which brought it a market share of 32.4%. Volkswagen remained second with 14,600 units, up 4.5%, and share of 9.2%. Skoda was next, with 13,185 units sold, up 13.4%, followed by Renault (14,853 units, +20.5%), and Ford (9,500 units, +17%).

In the models ranking, the Dacia Logan was first with 21,100 units (+30.6%), followed by the Dacia Duster SUV with 12,900 units (+49.4%), and Dacia Sandero – 10,200 units (+20.7%). The Skoda Octavia and Renault Clio were next, with close to 5,400 units sold each.

New car buyers preferred petrol models in 2018, pushing up sales on this segment by 44.5%, to 98,000 units, or 62% of the total sale. Meanwhile, diesel car sales declined and their share reached 35%. Electric car sales doubled to 682 units and hybrid car sales increased by 60%, to 3,585 units.