Romania 2023. Suzuki Surges 112.4% In Auto Market Down 8.1% In October

The 2024 Hyundai i10
The 2024 Hyundai i10

Romanian car market in October 2023 grows for the 9th month this year, reporting 11,391 sales (+8.1%). YTD figures at 122,099 are up 15.4% from the previous year. Suzuki jumps 4 spots into 9th position (+112.4%).

Market Trend and Outlook

Romanian Car Sales in October 2023 grow for the 9th month this year, reaching 11,391 new registrations (+8.1%). YTD figures at 122,099 are up 15.4% from the previous year.

Looking at cumulative data up to October 2023 brand-wise, the leader is still Dacia with 39,073 sales (+26.4%), followed by Renault at 9,030 (+43.4%) overtaking Skoda at 8,877 sales (+4.0%).

Toyota ranks in 4th position with 8,871 sales (+23.8%), followed by Volkswagen at 8,576 (+25.8%), Hyundai at 7,364 (-10.2%) and Ford -down 3 spots- at 5,676 sales (-24.3%).

BMW grows 2 spots into 8th with 3,990 registrations (+61.8%), in front of Suzuki -up 4 spots- at 3,979 sales (+112.4%) and Mercedes closing the Top 10 with 3,944 units sold (+24.1%).

Looking at specific models the Dacia Logan remains the best seller with a 34.6% increase in year-on-year sales, followed by the Dacia Duster in 2nd up 17.8%.

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 in 2022 recovered, with sales growing 6.7% to 129,327. 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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