Ford Motor Co. this week reported sales of Ford-brand vehicles in Russia jumped nearly 20% in the year’s first half, besting 16% growth in the U.K., its top European market. General Motors Corp.’s Chevrolet brand saw 52% growth in the period, and Toyota Motor Corp. enjoyed a 23% gain. Fueled by foreign brands, Russia’s overall new-car sales jumped 41% through June to 1.65 million units, surpassing Germany as Europe’s biggest auto market, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) says in a recent ...

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