European new-car registrations increased 18 percent in May, as demand for electric cars outpaced the broader market.
Registrations in the EU, EFTA and U.K. markets were 1.12 million vehicles compared with 948,815 in the same month last year, according to data from industry association ACEA.
The increase was the 10th consecutive month of rises.
Sales of battery-electric vehicles jumped 66 percent to 170,389 as automakers benefited from improved supply of components.
Among major markets, Italy and Germany led the overall sales rise of all types of vehicles with gains of 23 percent and 19 percent, respectively.
Volkswagen Group, Europe's No. 1 automaker, saw sales rise 20 percent. Sales at No. 2, Stellantis, increased by 0.5 percent.