Over 82,000 cars registered in Romania in Q1; more than half are used


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About 82,200 vehicles were registered in Romania in the first three months of the year, up by 19.03 percent compared to the same period in 2015, of which nearly 17,500 units were classified in the ‘new cars’ category and the rest on ‘second-hand cars’, the Directorate for Driving Licenses and Vehicle Registration (DRPCIV) data show on Wednesday.

During January-March 2016, 17,471 new cars were registered nationwide, up by 21.05 percent compared with the first quarter a year earlier. Only in March this year were registered 6,572 new units, an increase of 23.09 percent over the same month in 2015.

Regarding Romanian drivers’ favorite brands, Dacia still ranks the first with 5,221 units, (+19.80 percent compared to January-March 2015), followed by Skoda (1,533 units, +1.86 percent), Volkswagen (1,463 units, +17.23 percent) and Ford (1,305 units, +6.88 percent).

On the opposite side are: Alfa Romeo (5 units), SsangYong and Lada (4 units), Maserati and Volvo (two units each), Bentley and Cadillac (one unit each).

DRPCIV data also show that as regards the used cars, 64,690 units were registered in the first quarter of this year, up by 18.50 percent compared to the January-March period 2015, when 54,592 units were registered.

Romanians’ favorite second-hand car brand continued to be Volkswagen (18,311 units, + 15.48 percent compared to Q1 2015), followed by Opel (10,662 units, + 15.50 percent) and Audi (4,962 units, 35.24 percent).

Official data show that the national car park in Romania have at the end of 2015, about 6.6 million units, up by 5.27 percent compared to the previous year, when it stood at 6.27 million copies.


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