By Edwig Ban
Dacia car registrations increased in the first 11 months of 2018 by 13.5% in the European Union to 479,768 cars. The Romanian brand beat Nissan, but also KIA and SEAT.
Dacia sales in November recorded a 14.3% increase in Europe, and the carmaker’s market share rose to 3.9%, from 3.1% in the same period in 2017, according to Statistics of the Constructors Association European Automobiles (ACEA) published on Friday.
The data are valid for European Union and EFTA countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland respectively.
Dacia car registrations in Europe stood at 44,977 units last month, up from the similar period in 2017 (39,357 vehicles).
France’s Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroen reported sales in November of 15.9% and 6.1%, respectively. Sales of German Volkswagen and US company Ford recorded a 11.3% drop in deliveries last month and 8.4% respectively, while Daimler reported a 3.1% gain.
In the first 11 months of this year, deliveries of Dacia cars registered an increase of 13.2% in Europe and the car manufacturer’s market share rose to 3.3%, from 3% in the same period in 2017. Dacia car registrations in Europe (EU and EFTA) amounted to 488,330 units, up from January to November 2017 (431,242 vehicles).
Renault and Peugeot Citroën reported a sales increase of 2.5% and 36.4% respectively, while deliveries by the US company Ford and the German Daimler Group dropped 2.2%, respectively, 3.1%. Volkswagen sales, the largest European carmaker, jumped 1.2% in the first 11 months of this year.
Dacia was taken over by Renault in 1999. Re-launched in 2004 with the Logan, Dacia has become a notorious player in the European car market. New car registrations in the European Union fell by -8.0% in November 2018 compared to November 2017, reaching a volume of 1,121,162 units.
For the first 11 months of 2018, new car registrations at EU level represent a total volume of 14,160,278 units. This represents an increase of + 0.8% compared to the similar period of 2017.
By Edwig Ban