• Jul 14, 2008
Russia has just passed Germany as Europe's largest market for new car sales -- for the first half of the year, at least. In fact, Russian consumers managed to snatch up 41. Top marques are General Motors and Hyundai, which replace last year's first and second place finishers, Ford and Toyota. Russian brands? Not so much.
Don't expect the sales figures to cool down any time soon, as the economy in Russia is still booming and it's the middle-class that is seeing the biggest benefit. Older cars will continue to be taken off the road as consumers purchase new replacements which will allow automakers to find an estimated 20-percent of the entire industry's growth in the Russian market over the next several years.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      i would think China considering their population...but Russia is surprising even though Moscow is considered the most expensive place. I think London is the most expensive place , so who know the real truth.

      ~ unclechee

      http://www.unclechee.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      If America would quit funding all that growth through oil and nat gas purchases Russia would be the back water of Europe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      russia is not part of europe
        • 6 Years Ago
        I try to explain that to everyone but everyone is too dumbed down. +10000
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who cares if it is Europe or Asia, the bottomline sales are booming and it means car companies will pay more attention to Russian tastes which could influence our own car designs. Vodka cup holder anyone?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "This makes big trouble for Moose and Squirrel..." :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Russia is part of Europe only politically. Geographically it is all in Asia. Turkey is the only country that is in straddles two continents.
        • 6 Years Ago
        One-quarter of Russia's geographical area is in Europe (west of the Ural mountains) and most of its population is within that one quarter.

        It's internationally known that Americans are appalling at geography, but good lord!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Increased demand for oil (China Russia )
      Strategic alliances with mid eastern terror states against Israel.
      Yes folks.Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...Even though its primarily in Asia...
        • 6 Years Ago
        My God!! They are ALIENS!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaahh..... .

        Dude, chill out!
        Others thinks worst of yourselves!

        (Peace)
        • 6 Years Ago
        @JS...

        What does that have to do with the prices of eggs in China?

        First off, I doubt that the statement of "Most Americans" thinking the two continents are two countries is true. Blanket stereotypes like that rarely are.

        Just because some are stupid doesn't mean all are, plus there are stupid people everywhere. I mean just because I know a few Europeans that don't shower doesn't mean most Europeans do not shower.

        Geographically speaking most of Russia is in Asia, hence my initial comment of "primarily in Asia" not "all in Asia."
        • 6 Years Ago
        How European are they? I mean really? They side more often with enemies of the West. They have always engaged in active subversive programs against the West. They participated in active isolation of their citizens for nearly 7 decades. They're not European.
        • 6 Years Ago
        technically speaking, Europe and Asia are actually one continent, the land-mass usually termed Eurasia. The division of the landmass of Eurasia into the continents of Asia and Europe is an anomaly, as no sea separates them. The divisions are purely historical and cultural, to Europeans in the past everything past Turkey has considered another world, totally foreign, and termed the "Orient". Russia is considered European by their cultural heritage.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But, unlike Turkey, most of it's population is in the western (european) part. And their culture is european, too, so...
        • 6 Years Ago
        My mistake, I didn't realize you read culture on a map... Geographically, the divide is the southern waterways and the Ural mountains (thank the Greeks for that one) and Russia is mostly on the other side. The article didn't talk about being the largest seller on the Eurasian Tectonic Plate, they said Europe's largest market, which according to this is ironically not in Europe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Russians are finally living the life that they deserve
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where can someone view international sales stats?

      It would be interesting to see which models are selling well in other contries.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually Russia makes up for 40% of Europe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really wish we could edit our posts.

      Russia makes up 40% of the total area of Europe. Thats what it was going to say.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Saying that Russia isn't a European nation is like stating that Great Britain isn't a European nation because it colonized half of Asia at one point. Turkey, by contrast, is not a European nation culturally, religiously, nor even geographically for the most part.

      Russia, from my perspective, is a European country because its population is of the common European stock. East of the Ural Mountains, however, is where Asia begins. Consequently, the resources east of the Ural Mountains are probably the reason for why so many German-made cars are sold there currently!
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