The car market of the Russian Federation is slowing down growth, but confirms its own reputation as the most promising in Europe. Meanwhile, the government continues to stimulate the domestic auto industry, in some cases even with unconventional methods. Last year, car sales in the Russian Federation grew by almost forty percent — up to 2.6 million units. The Association for this year predicts a slowdown in growth to eight percent, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation — even to six percent. This forecast could be downgraded. However, the country will continue to grow anyway, while the European car market has been negative for the fourth year in a row. Sales dropped one point four percent last year, according to the European Association of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers..