New-car sales in Russia rose 29 percent in June to 157,808, but industry watchers are worried that surging coronavirus infections could impact the market.
Russia reported 25,766 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including 6,643 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 5.7 million people infected. The national death toll is 141,501.
"The COVID-19 situation is worsening, but we hope that we manage to escape a complete lockdown," Thomas Staertzel, chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee, said in a statement.
Despite the pandemic, the Moscow-based AEB automakers' association has revised upward its full-year forecast for car sales to 9.8 percent growth or 1.76 million vehicles from 2.1 percent.
Staertzel said the continuing shortage of semiconductors and a rise in metal prices likely would not result in a decline in sales for 2021.