Dacia, the brand around which the Romanian auto industry was created and developed, came into existence in 1966, at Colibasi, Arges district. A close cooperation evolved between Dacia and Renault from the very beginning. Dacia has been an integral part of the Renault Group since 1999 and it is currently becoming more and more visible as an international brand. The Beginnings The actual construction works on the Mioveni Car Plant began in 1966. After signing a license agreement between Renault and the Romanian state in 1968, the plant started producing the Dacia 1100 model under an R8 license, followed in 1969 by Dacia 1300 under an R12 license. Throughout 1970-1980, Dacia developed an entire range of models to include several types of passenger and commercial vehicles. Starting from 1978, Automobile Dacia continues on an independent basis the production of vehicles derived from the Renault 12 range. The year 1995 marks the launch of the first 100% Romanian-designed motorcar: the Dacia Nova. In 1998, the anniversary year of three decades since producing the first ever Dacia car, the vehicle number 2,000,000 came out of the plant. That same year, the company obtained the ISO 9001 Quality Management System Certification. 1966 - Construction of the Mioveni Car Plant 1968 - Signing the license agreement between Dacia and Renault - Launching the Dacia 1110 model (under Renault R8 license) 1969 - Launching the Dacia 1300 model (under Renault R12 license) 1973 - Launching the Dacia 1300 station-wagon model 1975 - Launching the Dacia 1302 Pick-Up model 1978 - Termination of the license agreement 1987 - Launching the Dacia 1320 model 1991 - Launching the Dacia 1325 Liberta model 1992 - Launching the Dacia 1307 and 1309 Double-Cabin models 1995 - Launching the Dacia Nova model, the first 100% Romanian-designed motorcar 1998 - Obtaining the ISO 9001 Certification - Vehicle no. 2,000,000 Dacia and Renault - together for over 35 years The privatization agreement was signed on July 2, 1999, as of which date Dacia became officially a brand of the Renault Group, having as its principal mission to support the Group`s development in emerging markets. The year 2000 saw the launching of the Dacia SuperNova model, the first tangible result of the French-Romanian cooperation, a vehicle fitted with a Renault engine and gearbox. The range of commercial vehicles equipped with Diesel Renault engines was launched in November 2002. The Dacia Solenza model was launched in April 2003, first as 1.4 MPI, running on petrol, and later on, i.e. in September 2003, also its diesel version, 1.9D. The year 2004 sees the launching of the Dacia Logan model in two motorization versions: 1.4MPI and 1.6MPI. The events of 2005 include the inauguration of the CKD Export Center (ILN) and the launching of the third motorization version for the Logan range - 1.5dCi. Thanks to the Logan model, in 2005 Dacia surpassed all previous production (172,000 units) and sales records (164,000 units). 1999 - Renault purchases 51% of Dacia`s share capital 2000 - Launching the Dacia SuperNova model, a vehicle fitted with a Renault-made engine-propeller unit 2002 - Launching the range of commercial vehicles equipped with Diesel Renault engines 2003 - Launching the Dacia Solenza model. - Renault`s participation to Dacia`s share capital reaches 99% - Inauguration of the Spare Parts Center 2004 - Launching the Logan model - Cessation of production for the four-door sedan and station-wagon models 2005 - Launching the Logan diesel model - Obtaining the ISO 14001 environment certificate - Producing the vehicle number 2,500,000 - Inauguration of the CKD Export Center - Absolute production record: more than 172,000 units Dacia is currently experiencing a new stage, characterized by profound and tangible quality changes. It acts as a vector for Romania`s accession to the European Union, and also as a vector for the globalization of the Renault Group. Judging by size, Romania is the third largest employer within the Renault Group, after France and Spain.