Renault continues to hold supremacy on the Romanian car market both with its locally-built Dacia model and imports of Renault cars, according to an industry association press release published today. The Romanian car market rose by about 10% in the first half of 2006, according to the Association of Car Producers and Importers (APIA).

It says sales of imported Renault cars reached 7,300 units in the first five months of the year, followed closely by Skoda, with 7,099 units. Daewoo, who runs production operations in Romania, sold 7,459 units, contributing to a 24.7% rise of the local production (71.045 units overall).

In the first five months of 2006, Renault-controlled local producer Dacia sold 39,765 units, keeping a market share of 42.3%. Renault reports a market share of 7.8%, followed by Skoda with 7.6%.