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Auto Romania

Auto Romania (ARO) was an off-road vehicle manufacturer located in Campulung-Muscel, Romania. The ARO vehicles were produced from 1957 to 2003. Two thirds of the 380,000 plus vehicles manufactured were exported. ARO vehicles were also manufactured in Brazil, Italy and Portugal.

In 2003, 68.7 percent of ARO was sold to John Perez, owner of Cross Lander, with the stipulation that the company had to invest $2 million. Apparently this never happened; instead all of ARO’s equipment was sold violating the contract. Perez was sued in 2006 by the Romanian state for falsifying documents to acquire ARO.

In 2006 Cross Lander went bankrupt, fired all its employees, sold their headquarters and closed in February 2006.

Plans to resume the ARO line from a company named Amrom Automotive were negotiated during the bankruptcy. The ARO line has been restarted by a Czech company called Auto Max Czech.

Several models were produced by ARO. The first was in 1957 with the IMS-57, which was replaced in 1959 with the M59. In 1964 a new model was introduced: the M461.

In 1972 a new model ARO 24 line was produced in many variations. In 1980 the ARO 10 line was produced in 4×2 and 4×4 versions.

IMS models were produced from 1957 to 1975, the ARO 24 from 1972 to 2003 and the ARO 10 from 1980 to 2003.

Image Caption: ARO 10. Credit: Belgian man/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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