FRANKFURT -- European new-car registrations increased 7.8 percent in August to 787,500 vehicles, boosted by growth in all the region's major markets.
Germany, France, Italy, the UK and Spain all registered increases in new-car sales in August, compared with the same month a year before.
Across Europe, German brands took a greater market share, considerably helped by gains in their domestic market, according to figures from European industry association ACEA.
However, in the year so far total new-car registrations are down 1.1 percent at 9.19 million vehicles in the EU and European Free Trade Area (EFTA).
Sales by Volkswagen brand, Audi and Mercedes-Benz all grew by close to 20 percent, while new models such as the X3 helped BMW's sales grow by more than 30 percent.
General Motors' Opel managed to maintain its share of the market in August with sales rising 7 percent, while Ford's sales advanced by nearly 20 percent, helped by its new C-Max and Focus models.
Korean brands Hyundai and Kia also grew by about 20 percent, beating the 15 percent gains that Nissan could boast.