New-car sales in Europe rose in July as growing demand for electric vehicles and improved parts availability helped fuel a 12th consecutive month of growth.
Registrations in the EU, EFTA and U.K. markets increased 17 percent to 1.02 million vehicles, industry association ACEA said in a statement on Wednesday.
Sales of battery-electric cars surged 62 percent to 149,219, while deliveries of diesel models declined 9 percent to 128,135. Gasoline car sales were up 6 percent to 369,649.
Volkswagen Group sold the most passenger cars in Europe in July across all fuel types with 280,294 registrations, up 19 percent from a year ago.
Stellantis sales slipped 3.3 percent to 160,251 vehicles. Stellantis' deliveries have been hit by logistics problems.