Russia's car sales seen rising 4.8% in 2021 - ministry

MOSCOW, June 10 (Reuters) - Sales of new cars in Russia this year are expected to rise 4.8% year-on-year to 1.76 million vehicles, the ministry of industry and trade said in a report published on Thursday.

Last year, sales fell 9.2% to 1.68 million vehicles due to lockdown measures, based on ministry data.

The Association of European Businesses (AEB), which only takes into account passenger and light commercial vehicles, forecasts that sales in Russia will rise 2.1% year-on-year in 2021.

Russia, where most major car brands have production lines, moved to 10th place from 12th in a global car market ranking for 2020 based on the number of sales, according to the AEB. (Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov. Editing by Jane Merriman)