Renault's Sales Fell 16.9%, Dacia's Grew 20.2%

French manufacturer Renault announced today the October 2008 sales report, unveiling a decrease by 16.9 percent for the Renault brand but an increase by 20.2 percent for the Romanian Dacia. Renault Samsung Motors sales fell 27.7 percent, the French company wrote in the report. Basically, Renault's sales followed the same decreasing trend as the majority of carmakers around the world which, smashed by the global economic crisis, saw their figures crumble.

The Renault Group sales were down 16 percent in October 2008, with lowered demand in Spain, Italy and UK, Renault mentioned in the press statement. However, market share was increased in Ireland (2.6 percent), Netherlands (0.4 percent), Belgium (0.4 percent), Austria (1.6 percent) and Switzerland (1.6 percent).

“Renault sold 11,569 New Twingo units, up 23% on October 2007. New Mégane Hatchback and Coupé, both launched at the Paris
Motor Show, mark the renewal of Renault’s C segment offering. New Mégane Hatchback, which has been warmly received by the sales network and customers, will be launched from November onwards. Laguna Coupé was launched this month,” the report reads.

On the other hand, Renault's Dacia's sales were increased by more than 84 percent in October 2008, with Logan sedan, Logan MCV and Sandero recording remarkable success. For instance, Renault Group delivered 3,000 Dacia Sandero models to the Americas region while more than 5,200 Logans were sent to Iran.

France and Romania are still Renault's top markets, with a market share of 25.6% and 34.5%, respectively. However, the Dacia brand helped the French manufacturer increase the market share in Romania, currently owning 27.3 percent of the domestic market.

For more information on Renault's October 2008 sales, check out the attached PDF file.
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