Spanish new-car sales rose 11 percent in January, with Seat, Dacia and Fiat brands leading gains among volume makers, while registrations were flat at Volkswagen brand and Jeep's volume fell sharply.
Monthly registrations increased to 84,515 vehicles on extra selling days compared with January 2016, the ANFAC industry association said on Wednesday.
Adjusted for selling days, sales declined 0.2 percent, analysts Evercore ISI said.
"January sales grew mainly thanks to two more selling days and were driven by the increase of business and rental channels, otherwise the result could have been flat or even negative," said ANFAC communications director Adolfo Randulfe. "We believe the negative trend of sales to individual customers is due to the absence of [government] plans to renew an old car fleet. They are much needed," he said.
Sales to private customers grew by 8.7 percent, representing 53.5 percent of the market. This meant a 1 percent loss in share as business registrations increased 14 percent and sales to rental companies rose 12 percent.
Among Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' brands, sales of Fiat cars jumped 42 percent, bolstered by the new Tipo compact car. Alfa Romeo's volume registered a strong 59 percent growth to 287 units, while Jeep registrations plunged 27 percent as the Renegade subcompact SUV lost over a third of its volume.
In the Volkswagen Group, sales at the core VW brand were flat and Skoda's volume fell 1 percent, while Seat registrations jumped 52 percent as sales of the Ibiza subcompact almost doubled.
Renault's registrations were down 6.3 percent, while sales at the low-cost brand Dacia jumped 42 percent. Among PSA Group brands, Peugeot's volume increased by 4.3 percent, while Citroen sales were down 4.3 percent and registrations at the DS brand fell 23 percent.
Hyundai brand's volume increased by 11 percent and Kia sales rose 1.6 percent. Toyota had a very positive January with a 33 percent increase as sales of the Aygo minicar, Prius and RAV4 compact SUV all grew over 60 percent. Mazda sales fell 13 percent and Honda registrations were down 15 percent, while Nissan's volume was up 6.7 percent and sales at Mitsubishi jumped 29 percent.
• Download PDF, above right, for January sales by automaker and brand.
Ford sales increased by 9.3 percent and Opel's volume was almost flat registering a 0.5 percent gain.
Among premium carmakers, Mercedes-Benz outperformed its German rivals with a 21 percent jump. Audi sales were up 8.7 percent while the BMW brand trailed with a modest 1.4 percent increase. January was an excellent month for the collateral brands of German premium groups, as Mini sales jumped 48 percent and Smart's volume registered a 51 percent growth. Land Rover sales dropped 11 percent, while Jaguar registrations grew threefold as the new F-Pace crossover hit the Spanish market. Sales were up 9.2 percent at Volvo and 7.5 percent at Toyota's premium brand Lexus.