New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of higher sales as the market emerges from a four-year slump.
Registrations rose to 129,685, the Association of European Businesses (AEB) said on Tuesday.
Seven-month sales are up 8.5 percent to 848,214.
The trend is feeding optimism that 2017 will be a turnaround year, Joerg Schreiber, chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee, said.
"It appears that, finally, the middle class buyer has woken up, encouraged by a brighter outlook on the economy and embracing the package of purchase incentives put together by the government," Schreiber said in a statement.
Sales at market leader Lada rose 22 percent in July, while volume at Kia, the country's No. 2 brand, increased by 37 percent. Third-placed Hyundai gained 11 percent. Renault, at No. 4, saw registrations rise 20 percent, while sales at fifth-ranked Toyota grew 12 percent.
Among other automakers, Volkswagen brand sales rose 24 percent, while Ford's registrations were up 24 percent and Nissan gained 20 percent.
• Download PDF, above right, for Russia sales by automaker, brand and model for July, 7 months.
The AEB expects sales to grow by 4 percent this year as Russia rebounds from an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western sanctions over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.