For the third month in a row, new-car sales in Europe rose from depressed levels a year ago but still came up well short of where they were pre-pandemic.
Registrations in May jumped 74 percent to 1.08 million in the European Union, UK and EFTA markets, industry association ACEA said in a release on Thursday.
The figures were helped by being compared with May 2020, when showrooms were closed across the continent.
While restrictions were still in place in certain markets, including France, other countries struggled even as rules were relaxed. Relative to May 2019, sales across Europe were down 25 percent.