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Romania January 2013: 4 Dacias in Top 5, Lodgy at world-best #4

Dacia Lodgy Romania January 2013. Picture courtesy of Auto BildDacia Lodgy

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Romanian new car sales slow down their fall in January at “just” -10% to 4,436 registrations. This month national carmaker Dacia does at home (and in any country in the world for that matter) what it had never managed before in its 47 years existence, simply because its range had never been that extended. In January there are 4 Dacias in the models ranking Top 5! The Logan logically stays on top but is starting to align with other countries’ rampant fragmentation at ‘only’ 14.5% share and 642 sales in spite of the new generation now well and truly established. The Duster remains #2 for the 2nd consecutive month and only the 4th time in the last 12 months after February and March 2012 with an excellent 268 units and 6%.

Dacia Dokker January 2013. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusDacia Dokker

The big novelty atop the ranking is the world-best 4th place of the Dacia Lodgy, beating the #7 it reached last month in Romania, with 152 sales and 3.4%. And there is the new generation Dacia Sandero up 8 spots on December to #5 at 123 units and 2.8%, its highest ranking in the country since November 2011 and only its third time in the monthly Top 5 in the last 2 years. So you will have guessed it, the Skoda Octavia at #3 with a shy 162 sales and 3.7% vs. 6% in 2011 is the only non-national in the Romanian Top 5 this month…

Renault Clio January 2013Renault Clio

But wait there’s more: the Dacia Dokker doubles its previous record share reached last month and is up 16 ranks to hit a world-best #11 at 79 units and 1.8%… We may have 5 Dacias in the Top 10 for the first time ever as early as next month… Other great performers in January include the Renault Clio up 8 spots to #7, the BMW X5 at #21, VW Up! up 10 to #24, Mercedes ML-Class up 15 to #25, Range Rover Evoque up 18 to #27, Mercedes GLK up 15 to #32 and Skoda Rapid up 14 to #39. Notice also the Opel Mokka at #65, Mercedes Citan at #97, Peugeot 301 at #99 and Seat Toledo at #100.

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