MOSCOW -- Russian car sales rose a better-than-expected 25 percent to 206,873 units in February, the Association of European Businesses said, as drivers took advantage of positive economic conditions to snap up new vehicles.
"The encouraging start to 2012 continues ... a 23 percent year to date increase is better than anticipated in the last forecast," the AEB's autos committee chairman David Thomas said in a statement issued on Sunday.
Lada is Russia's top-selling brand with sales of 65,795 in the first two months, down 13 percent from the same period in 2011. Nissan is No.2 with sales of 25,012, up 44 percent, followed at No. 3 by Hyundai, which sold 24,911 cars, up 66 percent.