New-car sales climbed for the 13th consecutive month in Europe, with electric vehicles driving growth before becoming the latest focal point of global trade tensions.
New-car registrations rose 21 percent to 904,509 units in August, industry association ACEA said in a statement on Wednesday.
Sales of EVs doubled ahead of the European Commission opening an anti-subsidy investigation into Chinese electric cars this month.
The data released by Europe’s auto trade group provides a limited window into the dynamics that precipitated the probe.
The association does not break down regional sales by country of origin or detail each manufacturer’s registrations by powertrain.
But the strong demand for EVs — which exceeded 20 percent of EU sales for the first time — speaks to why Chinese companies are increasingly keen to establish a foothold in the market.