MILAN -- Italy's new-car sales rose 2.2 percent to 150,587 in November, according to the country's Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.
Demand was boosted by self registrations, which increased to 22,058 from 17,725 for dealers and to 4,555 units from 1,077 for automakers, according to market researcher Dataforce.
Sales to long-term rental companies increased 49 percent and sales to short-term rental companies rose 20 percent. Sales to private customers declined by 15 percent and business registrations were down 10 percent.
Registrations jumped in the last three days of November to account for 47 percent of the entire month's sales, according to Dataforce.
Although the last-minute leap is not uncommon, it was 7 percent higher in November than in October.
Sales of gasoline and electrified cars rose during the month, while diesel demand dropped.
Sales of full-electric vehicles rose 130 percent for a 0.7 percent market share. Plug-in hybrid registrations jumped 117 percent for a 0.6 percent market share.
Full hybrid-vehicles rose by 36 percent for a 6.9 percent share.
Sales of diesel vehicles dropped 16 percent for a market share of 36.9 percent. This was a slight recovery from the 35.8 percent share in October, which was the lowest since May 2001, according to industry association ANFIA.
The market share for cars powered by liquefied petroleum gas declined to 6.4 percent from 7.1 percent, while sales of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas rose 108 percent to 4,031, and their share increased to 2.7 percent from 1.3 percent.