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APIA: 36% growth for green cars in eight months

14 September 2023

New car registrations rose 20% in the first eight months of this year compared to the same period in 2022, while “green” brands reported a 35.9% jump and a market share of 23.4%, according to the data of the Motor Vehicle Registration and Driving License Regime Directorate (DRPCIV), processed by the Association of Automobile Manufacturers and Importers (APIA).

The statistics published on Wednesday show that, on the national market, the top ten brands of passenger cars and commercial vehicles, after the first eight months of 2023, are led by Dacia (32,884 units), followed by Renault (10,229), Toyota (7,777), Volkswagen (7,675), Skoda (7,083), Ford (6,934), Hyundai (6,119), Mercedes Benz (5,970), Suzuki (3,178) and BMW (3,070), according to Agerpres.

Overall, cars (which represent approximately 84% of the total) recorded, at the level of August this year, a volume of 12,750 units, 2.4% more than in the similar month of 2022.

Depending on the type of fuel of the registered cars, in the first eight months of this year, gasoline engines registered a decrease of 2.2% compared to the share held in the similar period of 2022, up to a share of 63.5%. Regarding cars equipped with diesel engines, there is a decrease of 0.5% from year to year and they have a share of 13.1% of the total.

On the other hand, “electrified” cars, respectively electric ones (100% and plug-in hybrids), as well as full hybrid ones (which also have electric propulsion without charging from an external source), ended up having, at the end of the month August 2023, a market share of 23.4%.

In this category, fully electric cars currently hold a 10.7% share of the market, up from 7.8% in the first eight months of the previous year.

According to the cited source, purchases in this category have increased considerably (+35.9%), compared to the same period last year, and, in this context, it is worth noting the significant increase in 100% electric cars (+64.8%) and plug-in hybrids (+45%) from the total number of electrified cars.

Purchases of 100% electric cars are up nearly 65% in the eight months to 2023, while the Plug-in category is up 45% over the same period last year.

Also, Full Hybrid cars recorded an increase of 10.1% in the analyzed period.

In the period January – August 2023, the first five best-selling 100% electric cars are: Dacia Spring – with 4,749 units (+34.7% compared to the same period of the previous year), Tesla Model Y (1,483 units, +1,461 .1%), Tesla Model 3 (with 678 units, +99.4%), Renault Megane (634 units, +15,750%) and Volkswagen e-UP! (383 units, +15.4%).

In the segment of Plug-in cars, the hierarchy is led by Ford Kuga – with 523 units and an increase of 93%, from one year to another, then Hyundai Tucson (220 units, +44.7%), Renault Captur ( 208 units, +14.9%), Mazda CX-60 (202 units, no registrations in the same period of the previous year) and Mercedes Benz GLE (201 units, +16.9%).

Hybrid cars, without recharging from external sources, have the Toyota Corolla in the Top 3 (1,552 units, -8.9% compared to 2022), followed by the Toyota C-HR (1,224 units, -11.9 %) and Toyota Yaris Cross (1,103 units, +131.7%).

On the other hand, light commercial vehicles registered, in August 2023, an increase of 27.5% compared to August 2022, and over the eight months of this year, an increase of 14.2%.

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