New-car registrations in Spain increased 12 percent in April, with Toyota, Hyundai and Kia among the winners while Ford and Opel saw sales decline.
Registrations rose to 113,816, mainly thanks to two additional working days compared with the same month in 2017, according to industry association ANFAC.
Toyota had strong growth with sales up 40 percent. Hyundai's sales increased 38 percent and sister brand Kia posted a 29 percent rise.
European brands largely did well with VW brand sales up 29 percent, Renault sales gaining 19 percent and Peugeot registrations up 16 percent.
Fiat brand saw sales increase 7.4 percent while Jeep nearly doubled sales with a 96 percent gain.
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VW's Seat saw sales grow 4.2 percent. Citroen posted 1.1 percent growth.
Opel's registrations fell 9.7 percent while Ford sales declined by 5.3 percent. Nissan was down 1 percent and Honda fell 18 percent.
German premium brands had mixed results. Audi posted a 19 percent increase while BMW brand registrations rose 1.3 percent and Mercedes brand sales declined 4.1 percent.
Sales of diesel cars fell 18 percent to a market share of 36.7 percent, down from 49.9 percent in the same period of 2017. Gasoline car sales jumped 41 percent to a 57.4 percent share, up from 46.1 percent.
Sales to private customers rose 20 percent to 52,980. Demand from companies increased 9.9 percent to 31.252 and car rental registrations were up 3.3 percent to 29,584.
Tomas Herrera, head of dealer association GANVAM, said improved consumer confidence in the economy helped to boost demand from private buyers.
He said the market could increase by 4.7 percent to 1.3 million for the full year. Car importers association Aniacam forecasts 12 percent growth to 1.39 million.
Registrations in the first 4 months are up 11 percent to 454,130.