>>>Over 6 million cars have been manufactured in Mioveni-Pitesti
By Edwig Ban
On August 20, 1968, the Pitesti Automobile Factory (UAP) was inaugurated. The first car on the doors of the plant was named Dacia 1100 and was a vehicle produced after the Renault R8 license. A year later Dacia 1300 was manufactured, which was to be the basic model of the brand for almost three decades. Over five decades, over 6 million cars have been manufactured in Mioveni. Dacia delivered 282,000 cars in EU countries in the first part of the year, with a 3.3% share in the EU car market.
Made in many variants - berlin, break, pick-up and derivative even in a two-door sports version - 1300 will remain in the memory of generations of drivers as "the car that put Romania on wheels."
Established in the late 1960s, following a collaboration agreement between the Romanian state and Renault, Dacia returned to its roots in 1999, with the French group taking over the brand and the Mioveni plant. Dacia is today the largest company in Romania, with a significant contribution to the Gross Domestic Product and the exports of the country and with a structuring role in the economy through a wide network of suppliers.
Over five decades, over 6 million cars have been manufactured in Mioveni. The production of the first year - 2 030 vehicles assembled in 1968 - is currently underway in less than a day and a half. More than 90% of the manufactured cars take the export route, such as Sandero or Duster, in the sales charts of the largest European markets.
Dacia produces in Romania almost 350,000 cars per year. Over 500,000 engines and over 500,000 gearboxes are added, of which an important part is exported through the Dacia Logistics Division and the largest logistics center of the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance International Logistic Network (AILN ). Engineering work is carried out within the engineering center, Renault Technologie Roumanie, including the Titu Technical Center, inaugurated in 2009.
The Dacia range, composed in 1968 from a single model, currently comprises seven models, three of which (Lodgy, Dokker and Dokker Van) are produced, starting in 2012, at the Groupe Renault in Tanger, Morocco.
Dacia is the largest company in Romania, with a turnover of over 5 billion euros in 2017.
In 50 years more than 6 million Dacia vehicles have been manufactured in Mioveni
Dacia is the market leader in Romania with a share of about 30% of new vehicle sales.
Dacia models are sold in 44 countries on 4 continents. More than 90% of the production of the Mioveni plant is sold for export. The main 3 export markets are in the first half of 2018 ; France, Germany, Italy.