National car fleet has increased in 2016 by 6.21 percent from the previous year, exceeding 7 million vehicles, of which over 1.25 million were registered in Bucharest, according to the Directorate for Driving Licenses and Vehicle Registration (DRPCIV) data.
Most vehicles are from 6-10 years old category (346,594 units), followed by those aged 11-15 (301,648 units) and over 20 years (195,666 units).
In the capital, nearly 630,000 vehicles had diesel engine and over 576,000 – gasoline.
Nationally, out of the total 7,010,608 vehicles circulating on national roads at the end of last year, 5.47 million (78 percent) were passenger cars, up by over 6 percent compared to the end of 2015, when 5.15 million were registered.
According to DRPCIV, almost 1.55 million units of the total national fleet were older than 20 years, down by 39 percent compared to 2015, when their number amounted to about 2.56 million.
Also, of the over 7 million vehicles, more than 1.42 million were 16-20 years old, while new cars (0-2 years old) amounted to 254,042 units, of which 174,407 cars.
An analysis of PwC Romania reveals that Romania’s car fleet average age was 12.9 years in 2016, 4.6 years above the European Union figure.
From 2008 to 2014, the total number of vehicles in Romania advanced by 21 percent to 4.9 million, but most of the growth was owed to used cars. Currently, three quarters of sold cars are used.
In 2008, the average age of the national car fleet was 7.7 years. The proportion of cars newer than two years dropped from 22 percent in 2008 to 4 percent in 2014.