Range Rover Evoque. Picture by Beast 1
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The Romanian new car market gains ground year-on-year for the third month in a row in February at +5% to a still very shy 3,650 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 8,768 units, up 11% on 2013. Yes the Dacia Logan is a little weak this month at 14.2% share, yes the Dacia Duster is boosted by its facelift at a best-ever 10% share, yes Ford places two models inside the Top 5 for the 2nd consecutive month with the Fiesta at #3 and a splendid 6.1% share and the Focus at #5 with 3.7%, but the big question mark this month is in spot #10 where we find the Range Rover Evoque with 51 sales and 1.4% share.
This is potentially the Evoque’s best-ever monthly ranking anywhere in the world and it does raise once again the question of re-exports, which are a headline topic in neighbouring countries like Bulgaria and Hungary, or Latvia more to the North. The Romanian market is very small in the European context and new car prices are among the cheapest in the European Union, so it does make sense to assume that a potentially significant part of higher-end new vehicles sold here actually never see Romanian roads. If you live in Romania and have some insight on this phenomenon please share it with us by commenting on here. In the same vein, notice the BMW X5 up to #17 vs. #47 in 2013, the BMW 3 Series up to #22 vs. #46, BMW 5 Series up to #23 vs. #54 and the Range Rover Sport up to #27 vs. #79.
Previous month: Romania January 2014: Ford Focus and Fiesta inside Top 5
Full February 2014 Top 50 models and Top 36 brands Ranking Tables below.