New car registrations decrease by 1.58pct in Aug., Dacia remains the most registered new car

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The number of new car registrations decreased by 1.58 percent in August compared with the same month of the previous year, to 15,531 units, with only trailers, goods vehicles and mopeds /motorcycles showing positive developments, according to statistics with the Driving License and Vehicle Registration Directorate (DRPCIV) released on Tuesday.

According to the same statistics, new car registrations in August 2017 were standing at 12,001 units, down 3.30 percent, y-o-y.

At the same time, most of the applications concerned the following brands: Dacia (3,923 units, minus 6.04 percent as against August 2016), Volkswagen (989 units, minus 11.54 percent ), Skoda (895 units, minus 8.11 percent), Renault (834 units, minus 6.92 percent) and Ford (803 units, minus 5.37 percent).

According to DRPCIV data, the national car fleet in Romania increased in 2016 by 6.21 percent compared with the previous year, exceeding 7 million vehicles, of which over 1.25 million were registered in Bucharest.

Thus, out of the 1,253 million cars registered in Bucharest (about 18 percent of the total), a bit over one million units were automobiles. Most of the vehicles in Bucharest City at the end of last year were in the 6-10 year age group (346,594 units), followed by those older than 11-15 years (301,648 units) and those in excess of 20 years of wear and tear (195,666 units).

Nationwide, out of the total of 7,010,608 motor vehicles running on the national roads at the end of last year, 5.47 million (78 percent) were automobiles, up more than six percent from the end of 2015, when there were 5.15 million units. As of late 2016, there were 3.036 million vehicles equipped with diesel engines (2.119 million automobiles) circulating on Romanian roads, while 3.586 million cars were equipped with gasoline engines, out of which 3.339 million were automobiles. AGERPRES (RO — author: Daniel Badea, editor: Mariana Nica; EN — author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Rodica Ionita)

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