ECONOMY

Dacia sales leap 38.6 percent

BUCHAREST (AFP) – Romanian automaker Dacia said yesterday that 2004 sales had soared by 38.6 percent, with a bet by French parent Renault appearing to pay off amid strong economic growth. Dacia Commercial Director Jacques Abot told a news conference a total of 95,296 vehicles had been sold and that the company had delivered or received orders for 40,000 of its new Logan model designed for developing markets. «Our goal is to sell more than 100,000 units in 2005,» Abot said, with a spokesman telling AFP later that the figure referred to total Dacia sales within Romania. The automaker plans to market cars in 36 countries, and to build the Logan in Colombia, Iran, Morocco and Russia.