Russia's new-car sales fell 2.7 percent in April to 148,296, hit by low consumer confidence and the introduction of a tax hike, the Association of European Businesses (AEB) lobby group said.
"Clearly, the market in its current shape is no match to the one we saw delivering consistent double-digit growth rates only 12 months ago," AEB Chairman Joerg Schreiber said.
In January, the government introduced a 2 percent VAT rise that was widely expected to subdue demand. Since then, monthly sales have only risen once when they increased 1.8 percent in March.
Market leader Lada increased sales 5 percent in April, while its closest competitor, Kia, boosted volume 1 percent. Third-place Hyundai fell 3 percent, while No. 4 Renault was up 5 percent. Volkswagen brand, at No. 5, rose 7 percent.
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Other winners were Smart (+26 percent), Jeep (+22 percent), Porsche (+18 percent), Skoda (+16 percent) BMW (+13 percent) and Volvo (+8 percent.
Through April, sales were down 1 percent to 539,946.