Dacia sales jump by 18.2 percent, boosted by France
Romanian low-cost-car producer Dacia, a division of the French giant Renault, said Thursday its worldwide sales rose by 18.2 percent during the first six-months of the year.
Dacia sold 181,826 vehicles between January and June 2010 against 153,826 in the same period last year.
France became its main market with 64,287 vehicles sold, topping Germany where car sales plunged last month, reflecting an end to a cash-for-clunkers bonus.
The Romanian carmaker said its latest model, Duster, launched in April, had already won 35,500 orders, mainly in western Europe.
Bought by Renault in 1999, Dacia first focused on emerging markets when it launched its low-cost Logan car in 2004.
But the unexpected success of the low-cost vehicle in Western Europe has changed the profile of the carmaker.
"We are more and more looking at the European markets," Dacia commercial director Fabrice Cambolive said at a press conference.
Production capacity at the Romanian plant of Mioveni (east of Bucharest) could increase to 350,000 vehicles in 2010, Cambolive added.
© 2010 AFP