MOSCOW -- New-car sales in Russia rose 6.9 percent to 129,476 last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after four years of falling demand.
Registration increased to 129,476, according to data from the Association of European Businesses in Russia (AEB).
The AEB sounded a cautious note on the market's recovery.
“We are not dealing with a healthy seasonality yet, which reminds us of how fragile the current cautious recovery still is. Nevertheless, April's sales result is a another step forward in the right direction," Joerg Schreiber, AEB chairman, said in a statement on Thursday.
Sales at market leader Lada rose 7 percent as the brand continued to benefit from demand for two new compact models, the Vesta sedan and X-ray crossover.
Volume at Kia, the country's No. 2 brand by sales, increased 32 percent, while third-placed Hyundai's sales rose 12 percent. Renault, at No. 4, saw registrations rise 19 percent, while sales at VW brand were up 21 percent, pushing Toyota from the fifth-ranked slot. Volume at the Japanese automaker slipped 12 percent.
Among other key automakers, Ford's registrations were up 7 percent, while Nissan rose 11 percent.
• Download PDF, above right, for Russia sales by automaker, brand and model for April.
Through April, registrations are up 2.6 percent to 451,945.
The AEB expects sales to grow by 4 percent this year, ending a slump after Russia's economy was hit by an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western sanctions over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.