Skoda, Jeep, Hyundai and Dacia were among the big winners as Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in February, according to data from industry association ANFAC.
Seat, the market leader for the month, saw sales increase 18 percent, ahead of No. 2 Opel, whose sales fell 6.2 percent and third-placed Peugeot, whose volume jumped 21 percent. Volkswagen brand took fourth place with a 6.7 percent increase, while Renault finished off the top five with a 14 percent rise.
Volume at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Fiat brand rose 7.2 percent, thanks to robust sales of the 500 minicar, which doubled to 2,561. Among other FCA brands, Jeep sales jumped 40 percent, thanks to the recently launched Compass SUV.
Skoda's registrations soared by 62 percent, boosted by the new Karoq SUV and strong sales of its Fabia and Superb models.
Renault Group's low-cost Dacia marque gained 30 percent.
Among Asian brands, Nissan saw a 10 percent rise in growth, beating rival Toyota, whose volume rose 3.3 percent. Hyundai sales jumped 35 percent, helped by the new Kona SUV, while sister brand Kia rose 6 percent.
Among German premium brands, Audi's registrations increased 22 percent, Mercedes-Benz's registrations rose 13 percent and BMW was up 6.9 percent.
• Download PDF, above right, for Spanish sales by brand for February, 2 months.
Private sales grew 12 percent to 52,422, while business registrations were up 16 percent to 31,275. With Easter week coming early this year, rental companies have already started beefing up their fleets, resulting in an 11 percent jump in fleet sales to 26,777.
"Demand has started resurfacing, thanks to economic recovery and increased employment," said Tomas Herrera, head of dealer association GANVAM. He forecast that registrations in 2018 will likely reach 1.3 million, up from 1.23 million last year.
Diesel car sales slumped badly in February with a 16 percent decline. Diesel's market share fell to 38.3 percent from 41.8 percent in January and 51.9 percent in February 2017. Gasoline cars had a 56.4 market share in February while hybrid and electric vehicles accounted for 5.5 percent on the market, one percentage point less than in January.
Through February, total market volume increased 16 percent to 212,135.