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ARO (short for Auto Romania) was an off-road vehicle manufacturer located near the town of Câmpulung-Muscel, Romania.

It started production in 1957 and has manufactured over 360,000 vehicles, 2/3 of which were exported in some 110 countries (before 1989 about 90% of the ARO production was exported).

In September 2003, the Romanian state sold, for a price of 180,000 USD, 68,7% of ARO to an American company called "Cross Lander", owned by John Perez. The contract said that the company had to invest 2 million USD in the company, but, allegedly, none of this investment was done and instead, the industrial equipment of ARO was sold off (according to the privatization contract, he was not allowed to do that).[1]

The Romanian state sued in 2006 John Perez for using false documents which helped him to buy the company.[2]

The ARO 244 model was planned to enter the US market as the Cross Lander 244X, but funding ran out in February of 2006 [3].

The company Cross Lander USA Inc fired all its employees, sold its headquarters and closed down in February 2006. [4]

ARO went into bankruptcy in June 2006.[5] The company Amrom Automotive 2006 is negotiating with ARO creditors to purchase the company from bankruptcy, and plans to resume production of the ARO line of vehicles under the ARO name at the Câmpulung factory. Current plans expect a production of 1,200 vehicles by the end of 2006.[6]

For some time, Daihatsu-powered AROs were produced in Spain and Portugal under the brands Hisparo and Portaro, respectively.

Models

  • ARO IMS
    • IMS-57
    • M59
    • M461
  • ARO 24 Series
    • SUVs
      • ARO 243
      • ARO 244
      • ARO 246
      • ARO 328 Maxi-Taxi
    • Light Commercial Vehicles
      • ARO 33 N
      • ARO 35 S
      • ARO 35 M
      • ARO 243
      • ARO 323
      • ARO 324
      • ARO 330
  • ARO 10 (also known as the Dacia Duster in some international markets)
    • SUVs
      • ARO 10.1
      • ARO 10.4
      • ARO 10 Spartana
      • ARO 11.4
    • Light Commercial Vehicles
      • ARO 10.2
      • ARO 10.3
      • ARO 10.6 pick-up
      • ARO 10.9
      • ARO 10.0
      • ARO 11.9

References

  1. Gândul, "Cross Lander – amendată de Consiliul Concurenţei cu 6,7 miliarde lei 10 May 2006
  2. Evenimentul Zilei, "Americanul care a falimentat ARO este urmarit penal", 25 January 2006
  3. Autoblog: "R.I.P. Cross Lander U.S.A."
  4. România Liberă, "Firma Cross Lander USA Inc. s-a autodizolvat" 21 February 2006
  5. Cotidianul, "ARO, oficial in faliment" 16 June 2006
  6. Bucharest Daily News, " Amrom set a plan to buy ARO piece by piece " 2006

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