FRANKFURT -- New-car sales in Germany rose 9.1 percent in May, boosted by a resurgence in demand for diesel vehicles.
Overall registrations were 332,962 for the month, according to data released Tuesday by the KBA Motor Transport Authority.
Sales of diesel cars increased 16 percent to give the powertrain a 33.3 percent market share. Gasoline car sales rose 0.7 percent for a 59 percent share. Sales of alternatively powered vehicles, including full-electric, plug-in-hybrid and hybrid cars increased 100 percent to give them a 1.4 percent market share.
Sales to business fleets rose 12 percent for a 62.9 percent market share in May, while sales to private customers rose 4.5 percent for a 37.1 percent share, according to KBA data.