The SC Astra Vagoane Călători SA ("Astra passenger car ") is a Romanian manufacturer of rail vehicles for passenger transport . The company is based in Arad , which belonged to Austria-Hungary until 1920 .
The Fabrica de automobile şi Vagoane Astra (dt. Astra automobile and wagon factory ), Arad was born in 1921 through the merger of Magyar automotive Részvény Társaság Arad (dt. Hungarian Automobile AG Arad ) with the Weitzer János Rt.
The production was mainly geared to trucks , buses and trams . Between 1922 and 1926, the company also built passenger cars under the brand name Astra . The only model was 45/60 HP and was a large vehicle with four-cylinder engine , 8000 cc Displacement and 60 hp power.
After the Second World War and the communist takeover in Romania, the company was nationalized. The company was the largest freight wagon manufacturer in Romania.