Dacia and Ford, Romania’s two automobile manufacturers, produced almost 59,500 cars in July-August, almost one-tenth more than the same period last year, the Romanian manufacturers association said.
The Covid-19 pandemic battered the auto industry during a strict two-month lockdown from March to May when production stuttered to a halt which will affect the overall figures for this year. But the industry rebounded in July and August, the association said, quoted by automarket.ro.
The growth was driven by the rise in the production at Ford’s factory in Craiova, which resumed operations at full capacity.
For the first eight months of the year, Dacia produced more than 145,000 units, about 36.3% less than in 2019.
The company’s factory in Mioveni produced 33,378 units in July-August, a slight decrease compared to the similar interval of 2019 when it made 36,404 units.
Meanwhile, Ford produced 26,118 Puma and EcoSport SUVs in July-August, up 46% from the same period in 2019.
In the first eight months of the year, Ford accounted for 41% of the country’s automobile production, a strong performance given the broader range of models produced by Dacia and the slightly higher priced models produced by Ford.
This year the two companies have produced 247,000 cars, a drop of 22.15% from last year, the Association of Automobile Manufacturers of Romania said.