New data has been released by the Romanian Association of Automobile Builders that shows car production in the country rose by six percent for the first two months of 2020 compared to the same period of 2019. During the first two months of 2020, 91,000 vehicles were produced in Romania, even though sales in the country continue to shrink. Data also shows that the number of new cars registered in Romania for the first two months of 2020 totaled only 21,325 units, a decline of 18.1 percent compared to the first two months of 2019.
Production in Romania increased in January and February and is said to be exclusively supported by the Ford Romania factory in Craiova. That factory alone produced nearly 40,000 cars in January and February, which is an increase of 90 percent from the same period of 2019. The numbers also show that for the first time, more SUVs were produced in Craiova than at the Dacia factory in Mioveni, which is operated by Renault.
The Ford Romania factory in Craiova builds the Puma and EcoSport SUVs. Construction of the Ford Puma began in Romania last October. At the time Ford announced the production for that factory, it noted that the 48-volt mild-hybrid Ford Puma was the first hybrid vehicle to be produced in Romania. To support the creation of the vehicle, the automaker added 1,700 workers to the factory.
Combined, production of the Ford Puma and EcoSport outpaced the production of the Dacia Duster for the first time. While Ford was increasing production, Dacia was reducing production by 21 percent in the first two months of the year to 51,140 units. Ford has invested a total of €200 million into the Craiova factory to support the production of the Puma.