History of Aro
Romanian automobile plant, or "ARO", was founded in 1957 for the production of off-road vehicles for the national army of Romania and the armed forces of Hungary. The first car company "ARO", called IMS-57 was presented in the same 1957. The model was developed on the basis of the Soviet SUV GAZ-69, the repair of which involved plant during the war, before it was reorganized.
In the long history of "ARO" were released 3 models, but each of them received a large number of plant modifications. ARO IMS-57 was a compact frame SUV with a metal rigid body, which was carried out in the period from 1957 to 1963 edition 833 instance annually. Modification of IMS-57 M59 had a long base and a frame for fixing soft-top roof, the number of seats was 5, as in the standard version, however, was the ability to install two small benches, each of which could accommodate 3 people. However, most often, the rear part of the body was used as a large trunk which transported the equipment and small cargo.
By the time of discontinuation IMS-57 in 1975, were available in 5 different versions, the last of which M was used by the command of the Romanian army to move rapidly, due to the shorter base of the car had the best characteristics for movement on roads among all competitors, are produced in the same years.
In 1972 was presented to the second model company ARO 24, modifications which were required not only to replace obsolete I, but to go on General sale in Eastern Europe. The first modification is the SUV ARO 240 was developed following the example of military Land Rover Defender and was a compact car with high cross for the army. Model 243, introduced in 1980, was a seven-seater car on an extended basis from Mitsubishi. It was marketed as a civilian SUV mass consumption, but because of the high prices which were purchased only 500 cars for senior management Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Indonesia. However, the company is regarded it as a great success, and the production of 243 was localized in Venezuela and China. By the way, ARO 243 became a model for the creation of the first off-road cars of China, but it happened much later. In 1989, replaced ARO 243 model came 244, which has gained great popularity in Africa and existed without any changes until 2006.
By the way, ARO 243 became the basis for the model 246 which was actively used by firefighters, police services of all countries of Eastern Europe, and the annual production reached 600 copies. In 1985 he was presented ARO 328, which, according to the ideas of the engineers, had become a reliable long distance taxi, but because of too high price only a government could afford a major purchase of this model.
After some research, management "ARO" came to the conclusion that it is worthwhile to expand its presence in the automotive market in Eastern Europe and to reach the largest audience of buyers. So, in 1986, were represented by just two models on the basis of the ARO 24 - 33 and 243. The first was a body from the 24th and an open back, which you can install a small van and used in the transportation of large cargoes or open body, with a small and cheap pickup. Model 243 was elongated and more expensive version of the 33rd, except that there was no possibility of upgrading the car was delivered exclusively in the back of the pickup.
In addition, in 1980, began active cooperation with the company "Dacia", which was delivered to "ARO" petrol and diesel engines, but the most important advantage was that the Lodge was known in Western Europe, and new export markets were extremely important for "ARO". So, in 1983, was presented model ARO 10 was a compact SUV, which today would be classified as crossovers. The car has not found a buyer in Romania, but under the name of Dacia Duster has become the best-selling European car in the UK. In addition, sales of the model were launched in Spain and France, where the car was competitive compact SUV Suzuki.
In 1991 presented a five-door version of the ARO 10, called ARO 11.4, the car had permanent four-wheel drive and turbo-diesel engine from the company "Dacia". However, models for the domestic market of Romania was equipped with the first self-developed power unit "ARO".
In 1997 he was presented the version of the pickup truck, which immediately began to buy African countries and South America, and the United Nations to transport humanitarian aid. Affairs of the company went up, but by 2003, "ARO" was forced to withdraw from the production OU and uu model to fully concentrate on the production of military equipment, which in a large volume began to purchase the government of Romania for sale in China and Vietnam.
In 1999, the company ARO issued its turbodiesel powertrain TDX. Modern ARO represented by two model series - 24 and 10. Collecting cars in Romania, Poland, Portugal and even in Namibia. In addition, a large number of companies around the world use in the production of aggregates ARO.
However, a sudden economic crisis in Romania in 2006 forced the company to declare bankruptcy. The plant was bought by the French company Renault, in addition, the new owners have purchased a long-term partner "ARO" - "Dacia" and started production of the first budget hatchbacks and sedans, which in our days is well known in Russia as the Renault Logan and Renault Sandero.