The number of both new and used passenger cars registered in Romania in the first quarter (Q1) of the year slipped 2.1% year on year to 146,144 units, according to Driving License and Vehicle Registration Department (DRPCIV) data quoted by local Agerpres and reported by

But sales of new cars were up 35% to 35,836 as used car sales fell 8.6% to 110,308.

Local Renault owned brand Dacia brand topped the new car market with 12,079 units, up 56.7% year-on-year, taking about a third of sales.

Volkswagen was most popular used car brand with 27,205 units (off 12.3% versus Q1, 2018), followed by Opel (10,367 units, -23.4%) and Ford (9.191 units,  -17.7%).

Romania's national fleet reached almost 8.2m units at the end of 2018, up 7.3% over the previous year, according to DPRCIV data published in mid-March.

West European car registrations fell 3.7% year-on-year (YoY) in March according to data released earlier this week by LMC Automotive.

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The selling rate was also down, at 14.1m units a year in March, from 14.9m units a year in February.