Automotive market in Russia by the end of August was the largest in Europe, for the first time since the crisis ahead of Germany, where for the second consecutive month, there is a decline in sales. According to preliminary estimates of "AUTOSTAT", sales of passenger cars in the country amounted to more than 241.5 million units, which was the best result in the history of August, the Russian car market.
Thus, Germany has fallen to second place with 225,455 units sold (-4.6%). According to the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), a negative result is mainly provided retail sales as German consumers have become more restrained because of the debt crisis in Western Europe, and the decline in new orders confirm this trend. In third place is France, where the drop in car sales recorded the tenth month in a row — in August by 12.3% to 115,349 vehicles. What follows is a British car market, which grew by 0.1% to 59,433 vehicles. According to the British Society of Motor Manufacturers and dealers (SMMT), as of August traditionally have low sales volume and compared with 2011 results of last month proved to be stable. Closes the "top five" leaders Italy with the index 56447 vehicles sold (-20.2%), which corresponds to the level of 1964. In the Italian Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ANFIA) August result is called "collapse", which in addition to the traditional summer slowdown of sales was due to a sharp increase in the prices of all fuels. We also add that the Spanish car market in August for the first time since the beginning of the year showed an increase — by 3.4% to 48,820 vehicles. A positive result in the Spanish association of manufacturers of cars and trucks (ANFAC) explain the increase in retail sales as consumers rushed to buy the car before the VAT increase on 1 September. However, in the following months, the fall in car sales in Spain will only intensify, expect in the association.