About 240,000 motor vehicles were produced in Romania in the first eight months of 2016, down 6.5% year on year.

Dacia produced over 211,000 units while Ford made about 29,000 units, romania-insider.com reported. The Dacia Duster remained the most popular model with almost 121,000 produced in the first eight months of the year.

Meanwhile, local car sales trended upwards. About 87,500 motor vehicles were sold between January and August this year, up 16%. In August, over 11,500 were sold, up 25%.

Companies accounted for 75% of sales while private individuals bought only 25%. Commercial vehicle sales rose faster than the passenger car sales.

A report last month, after output dropped by 8.2% in the first seven months of the year, blamed the downturn on a lack of new models.

New Renault-made Dacia Logan and Sandero facelift models would be launched only this autumn while the Ford plant in Craiova would start producing the 2017 Ecosport (switching European sourcing from India) only in autumn 2017.

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