ARO is a Romanian company producing off-road vehicles and light trucks on their basis. Company mostly oriented on domestic market. ARO production has no been modified for a long years and all modifications of these cars were created by the same way - mounting on the basic chassis of imported power units and other components. As a result, output production essentially differs from each other because in fact each car assembled by individual order.
In 1953 Romanian plant in Campulung-Muscel has begun assembly of first Romanian bicycles. Car production was started in 1957 from IMS-57 model. New model M-59 was launched two years later and become a forward step in comparison with IMS-57. This car was equipped with in-line 4-cylinder engine with power of 70 HP and maximal speed of 100 km/h. This model was exported to China and Columbia (2000 cars). Totally M-461 model was produced in amount of 80233 pcs and 46549 were exported.
New model вЂ” ARO 240 вЂ” was developed and issued in series in 1966. It became the first modification of "24" series. This model was equipped with fully closed body, which allowed to create comfortable saloon, engine with working capacity of 2495 cubic centimeters and power of 83 HP to provide maximal speed of 115-120 km/h, maximal gradeability of 35 degrees and average fuel consumption of 13,8 l per 100 kms. At that time ARO has got name that we know: Automobil Romanesc ("Romanian Car").
The model has two versions - two-door (240) and four-door (244). Later on the basis of these versions were created new modifications - 242 ( long-frame and short-frame), 3-door 243 version with detachable hardtop and textile top. Over time, 24-I model has undergone many transformations outside, in cabin the instrument panel was changed. ARO-24 was exported to many countries, including Canada and Australia. It was even a famous winner of international competitions - "Rally of the Pharaohs." By the end of 1985 more than 125,000 vehicles from the family of ARO-24 were carried out (change model), and over 93,000 of them were exported. After 1989, the 24th model line was rejuvenated, there were imported engines (Ford, Peugeot, Daewoo, Toyota), and were created by different versions: with 3 doors (243) and the station wagon (244), enlarged modification with station wagon (323 or 246) and luxury modification - ARO Hunter, equipped with an Cosworth engine.
In 1980 another new base model ARO 10 series was issued (also called Dacia 10 in Romania, ARO Trapeurs in France, ARO Ischia in Italy, and the Dacia Duster - in England). ARO 10-series has been homologated in Europe as a middle-class car.
In total there were four basic versions: 10.0, 10.1, 10.3, 10.4. The engine was taken from Dacia (1.3 liters). Export, which began already in 1980, lasted until 1985, and was about 90% of production. "Ten" was delivered in the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Greece. On the export versions VW and Pegaso diesel motors were installed.
ARO 10 luxury version called Spartana was equipped with 2WD or 4WD Renault engines. Touring cabriolet Spartana on 4x2 chassis has its own weight about 950 kg. Power of diesel and gasoline engines is to be used from 54 to 106 hp at working volume of 1.2-1.9 liters.