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New Duster lifts Dacia to same market share as Nissan

1 Nov 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The biggest mistake for anyone to make when summing up Dacia is to think of it as a provider of cheap, basic, boring cars. A major update for the Duster is now taking the brand right into the mainstream, with an emphasis on value rather than low pricing.

Future models for Groupe Renault's Dacia

3 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from a look at the current and future models of the Renault brand plus Alpine, now comes an analysis of Dacia. Other brands under the Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor Alliance umbrella will also be examined as part of this series, including Samsung, Lada, Datsun, Venucia, Infiniti, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

EMERGING MARKETS ANALYSIS: The fascinating story of Romania’s ‘other’ automaker

25 Jun 2008 | Mark Bursa

Ford’s recently acquired Romanian plant has a tale to tell – only 25 years old, it’s changed hands five times already. And its original concept – a low-cost source point for small European cars – is commonplace today. But in the 1970s, this was a radical plan, writes Mark Bursa

EMERGING MARKETS ANALYSIS: Sandero drives Dacia growth as East European tastes shift westward

18 Jun 2008 | Mark Bursa

The view that Eastern Europe demands three-box sedans is changing, believes Dacia chairman Christian Esteve. New, younger buyers in the region are taking their tastes from the west. Mark Bursa reports.

EMERGING MARKETS ANALYSIS: How Dacia survived – and prospered

12 Jun 2008 | Mark Bursa

Mark Bursa looks back on how Dacia survived the post-Ceaucescu years and uncovers a story of resilience and determination that resonates strongly as the company goes global.

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Porsche Romania to build 77 fast charging stations by 2021

24 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Porsche Romania, the VW group distributor and Romania's largest car importer, will invest in the country's EV charging infrastructure with dealer partners.

Romanians buy more new cars in first quarter 2019

11 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

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

Ford says Puma takes Craiova to capacity

8 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The new Puma will take Ford's Romania plant, in the southwestern city of Craiova, to full capacity as it supplements the EcoSport already built there, a media report said.

Ford Romania plant hits 1m engines milestone

2 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has now produced a million three cylinder, one-litre Ecoboost engines at its plant in Craiova, Romania.

Aston Martin adds distributor for central and eastern Europe

21 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Aston Martin has appointed a Romania-based distributor for that country and central and eastern Europe.

Ford to boost Romanian plant capacity

20 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford will spend EUR200m at its Romanian plant in Craiova, targeting capacity for 250,000 cars a year, Ziarul Financiar reported.

VW said to have chosen Serbia for new car plant

7 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen is still exploring options for building a new car factory in eastern Europe, and hasn't made any decision yet, Mark Langendorf of the group's communications department said in an interview with Serbian newspaper Blic, according to Romanian media reports.

Dacia plans utilitarian pickup truck

12 Feb 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Renault Romania will launch a Duster pick-up truck and special editions of existing models in 2019, Hakim Boutehra, general manager of Renault Commercial Roumanie, the sales division, was quoted locally as saying.

Electrified car sales in Romania up 65% in 2018

8 Feb 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The number of electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars sold last year in Romania was 4,572, up 65.7% compared to 2017, according to statistics from the Association of Automobile Producers and Importers (APIA).

Daimler starts production of new gearbox in Romania

8 Feb 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has started production of a new automatic gearbox type at its factory in Sebes, central Romania.

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