Romania 2022. Car Market Up 6.7% From Prior Year

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The 2023 Ford Everest
The 2023 Ford Everest

Romanian car market in 2022 totals 129,327 sales, a 6.7% increase from the prior year. December closes 2022 with 12,437 registrations (+4.9%). Dacia dominates ahead of Toyota and Hyundai.

Market Trend and Outlook

The Romanian Car Market in 2022 totals 129,327 sales, a 6.7% increase from the prior year. December closes the year reporting 12,437 registrations (+4.9%).

Looking at cumulative data from 2022 brand-wise, the leader is still Dacia with 39,920 sales (+14.8%), followed by Toyota at 10,110 (+13.1%) overtaking Hyundai at 9,551 sales (+0.2%).

Skoda moves into 4th position with 8,669 sales (+8.8%), followed by Ford at 8,665 (+5.7%), Renault -down 1 spot- at 8,443 (+3.9%) and Volkswagen at 8,203 sales (+3.7%).

8th position is held by Mercedes -up 1 spot- with 3,773 registrations (+2.8%), in front of Peugeot -up 1 spot- at 3,532 (+3.8%) and BMW closing the Top 10 with 2,982 sales (-8.9%).

Medium-Term Market Trend

From 2010 to 2013 the  Romanian car market fell from 88,969 to 56,939 sales by the end of 2013. In 2014 started a 6 year long uptrend that would end in 2019 at the current all-time high with 161,504 new car passenger registrations.

The arrival of the pandemic in 2020 affected markets all around Europe, with the Romanian one losing 22% and reaching 126,375 sales by the end of the year.

In 2021 car passenger sales continued to fall, ending the year at 121,181 total registrations (-4%). Luckily the Romanian car market is showing signs of recovery in 2022 and is projected to reach over 130k sales. In the following years the Romanian market is going to face issues that are emerging in the automotive industry: the disruption in the global supply chain caused by a lack of raw materials, in particular for the production of microchips and Governments push towards Evs, an expensive alternative for low income consumers.

Tables with sales figures

In the tables below we report sales for all Brands, top 10 Manufacturers Group and top 10 Models

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