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It wasn't COVID-19 that did for Dacia

12 May 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Formerly the darling of Groupe Renault, Dacia has become the troubled teenager in the family. A sales collapse in the months before the COVID-19 crisis was entirely avoidable, a sudden reversal of fortune which commenced in January caused by no low-C02 engines and not one new model for five years. The parent firm needs to remedy this, pronto.

Can Dacia remain the darling of Groupe Renault?

15 May 2019 | Glenn Brooks

According to Groupe Renault, the global market for passenger cars and light commercials fell by 7.2 per cent in Q1. Happily for Dacia, its volumes rose by the same percentage, deliveries hitting 184,042 units.

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

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Ford Romania plant back on three shifts

24 Jul 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Employees at the Ford factory in Craiova, southern Romania, returned to three shift working this week.

Bosch inaugurates EUR30m Romania engineering centre

22 Jul 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Supplier Bosch has inaugurated the new headquarters of its engineering centre in Cluj-Napoca, central Romania.

Delfingen to buy Romanian factory from Schlemmer - report

20 Jul 2020 | Graeme Roberts

French automotive supplier Delfingen said it had entered into exclusive negotiations with German automotive industrial group Schlemmer to buy, among other assets, its factory in Romania, a media report said.

Ford lays off temps at Romania factory

3 Jul 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Some 213 temporary workers at Ford's factory in Romania will lose their jobs as the company faces weak demand, local daily Adevarul reported.

Romania has fewest cars per 1,000 people in EU

16 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Romania has the lowest 'motorisation' rate among European Union countries, with 332 passenger cars per 1,000 inhabitants as of 2018, according to data from the European Statistical Office - Eurostat.

Continental starts EUR33m expansion of Romanian R&D centre

10 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Supplier Continental, the largest manufacturer of automotive components in Romania, has started work on a EUR33m expansion of its research and development center in Timisoara, in the west of the country.

Gefco ships protective equipment to Romania

4 Jun 2020 | Simon Warburton

Gefco has organised time-critical shipments of protective equipment for a regional supplier of dental clinics and a large multinational distribution group in Romania.

Dacia sends 1,100 to 'technical unemployment'

4 Jun 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Dacia has placed 1,100 employees at its factory in Mioveni, near Pitesti, Romania in 'technical unemployment' between 2 and 30 June, local media reported.

Dacia Europe sales down in 2020

21 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Romanian carmaker and Renault unit Dacia's sales in Europe dropped by 53% to 93,258 units in the first four months of this year, according to the Romanian Automobile Manufacturers Association - ACAROM.

Ford Romania plant boosts restart output

20 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Romania doubled operations at its Craiova factory from one to two shifts (of three) on 18 May.

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