Sales were about 14 percent below what the industry averaged for the month in the decade before the pandemic. Also the year-ago figure was the lowest monthly figure since ACEA began gathering data in 1990.
The Land Rover brand showed the biggest gain, with sales jumping 1,264 percent to 13,629 vehicles from 999 in April last year. Jeep had a good month with registrations rising 627 percent.
Among other brands with big gains were Fiat, up 438 percent; Peugeot, up 366 percent; Seat, up 357 percent; Nissan, up 352 percent; and Hyundai, up 338 percent.
Among Europe's top three auto groups by volume, Volkswagen Group saw sales rise 228 percent; registrations at Stellantis increased 358 percent and Renault Group was up 192 percent.