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Automotive industry in Romania - statistics & facts

During the communist era, Romania was one of the biggest vehicle producers in Central and Eastern Europe. However, after the collapse of communism in 1989, the country’s automotive industry declined. Important automobile manufacturers at that time, such as ARO and Oltcit, were privatized and eventually went bankrupt.
The automotive industry consists of a wide range of companies that not only cover vehicle manufacturing but also car designs, and car sales. This variety of sectors within the industry, as well as constant development in terms of vehicle models and features, usually lead to a high supply-demand ratio. Over the past years, the automotive industry has witnessed a steady revenue increase; totaling 30 billion euros in 2019. Thus, it is an undeniably important contributor to the Romanian economy, considering its significant impact on the country’s gross domestic product and labor market.


Automobile Dacia, founded in 1966 under the name Uzina de Autoturisme Pitești (UAP), ranks among the most famous car manufacturers in Romania. In 1969, the company introduced one of its first car models, Dacia 1300. The design was a big success, being exhibited in showrooms in Paris and Bucharest. However, in 1999, the Romanian government sold Dacia to Groupe Ranault. Thus, it became a brand of the famous Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that France is the most important international market for the Romanian manufacturer.
For several years, Automobile Dacia was the company with the highest revenue in Romania. Since 2017, the manufacturer has been recording annual revenues of over five billion euros. Moreover, its brand value amounted to 1.1 billion euros in 2021.

Electric and hybrid vehicles

Electric and hybrid vehicles are slowly being embraced by car buyers in Romania. Until 2018, the number of new electric car registrations in the country did not exceed 250 units. However, the number peaked at over three thousand vehicles in 2020. That year, the most common electric car brand in the country was Renault. At the same time, the number of Tesla vehicles was rather small, totaling only 45 new cars in 2020. Nevertheless, this number is expected to increase considerably once Tesla officially enters the Romanian market in 2021, building its first supercharger stations in the country.

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