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The image shows a Romanian model of the ARO car, respectively two hundred sixty-four, with five seats and four doors, viewed from side, facing left.

It is a squarish, off-road, massive, heavy car, with a high body car and a spacious passenger volume, this being the space available for passengers in the front and rear seats of the vehicle.

The exterior skeleton of the car, also called the body, is shown embossed.

The headlights, in the left, are rendered in a rounded and empty shape.

The bulky wheels at the bottom, as well as the spare wheel, in the back, on the right side, are highlighted by embossed circles.

The square doors are outlined with a blank line.

The side windows are marked as blank shapes.

The fuel tank is located at the back, right edge, and is highlighted by a small square filled with grid texture.

General information

According to Dacia, probably the most famous Romanian car was and is ARO, the off-road variant for the cars of the communist regime in the country. The first model produced was IMS-57, the figure being taken from the year it went into production. Only 2000 units were manufactured before being replaced with IMS-59, of which 21,000 pieces will be produced. The most successful models were the ARO 24 series, which went through different redesign periods, creating several models, but all starting from the same base. They were followed by ARO 10 models, designed for the first time in the 80s, and they were the last ones.

The history of this car started at the aircraft component factory at Campulung Muscel, where after the Second World War Soviet GAZ 69 field vehicles were produced, from which the first Romanian ARO will also be developed.

Even though some statistics say that in the 80’s ARO had become the fourth largest manufacturer of land vehicles in the world in the sales category, after 1989 a number of problems begin to appear that will bankrupt the company. An order of several thousand copies, which was not paid, created great financial difficulties for the ARO, during a period of economic crisis. In 2002, the privatization of the company was tried, but the buyer, John Perez, was only going to devalue. In 2006 the inevitable happens, and ARO goes bankrupt.

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3. ***, ARO: O scurtă istorie a „jeepului” românesc, 2 decembrie 2018.

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