MOSCOW -- New-car sales in Russia fell 8.5 percent to 121,272 in April - their lowest monthly level in 10 years - as the market continued to feel the pressure of an economic crisis fueled by lower oil prices and Western sanctions over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.
Four-month sales were down 15 percent to 440,583, the Association of European Businesses (AEB) lobby group said on Thursday.
The Russian market "continues to make steady, although painfully slow progress towards finding its bottom," Joerg Schreiber, chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee, said in a statement.
"Absolute sales volume has fallen to the lowest level in 10 years," he said.
• Download PDF, above right, for April Russia sales by brand and automaker.
After a decade of annual sales growth in excess of 10 percent, Russia's car industry has become one of the most high-profile victims of the country's economic crisis.
Car sales plunged 36 percent to 1.6 million vehicles in 2015, according to the AEB, which expects them to fall 4.7 percent in 2016.
The head of Russia's largest dealership group, Rolf, forecast a 10 percent drop in 2016 sales in an interview with Reuters last month.