New-car sales in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales.
Registrations increased to 101,375 units despite two fewer working days than in the same month last year, industry association ANFAC said.
Sales to private customers fell 14 percent but this was offset by a 36 percent rise in sales to rental companies as rental agencies bought cars in anticipation of more business from tourism over Easter.
Combined March and April sales, excludes the Easter effect, shows a 7.2 percent increase in registrations year-on-year, ANFAC said despite a 1.4 decline in demand from private customers.
Jaime Roura, president of the FACONAUTO dealers associations aid the slowdown in private demand forced many brands to increase self-registrations.
Winners and losers
Market leader Seat saw sales jump 44 percent last month thanks to the recently launched Ateca SUV and a higher sales of its best-seller, the Ibiza subcompact, which will soon be replaced by the fifth generation of the model.
Among other volume brands, Fiat, Ford, Toyota, Nissan and Peugeot posted one-digit increases while Opel, Renault and Volkswagen Group were down for the month.
VW brand's volume fell 17 percent last month after a strong March. Other VW Group brands lost ground, with Audi sales declining 17 percent, Skoda 19 percent and Porsche 44 percent.
Ford sales increased 2.4 percent while Opel registrations fell 2.4 percent.
Fiat registrations grew 7.9 percent, while among other Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brands Jeep gained 10 percent and Alfa Romeo registrations were down 2.9 percent .
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Renault brand registrations declined 4.3 percent and Dacia fell 24 percent. PSA group had a better performance, with Peugeot brand sales brand gaining 9.3 percent more volume and Citroen gaining 4.6 percent.
Hyundai with sales down 16 percent and Kia whose sales fell 6.4 percent both underperformed the market.
Toyota registrations rose 4.9 percent and Nissan grew by 4.4 percent. Honda was down 26 percent.
Premium brands had a positive month, with Mercedes-Benz gaining 31 percent and BMW sales growing by 23 percent. Jaguar sales increased by 22 percent.