New-car sales in Spain rose 18 percent to 81,751 in September, inflated by an extra selling day and a poor month in 2018 due to new emissions rules.
Higher sales to business fleets boosted the Spanish market. Sales to companies increased 31 percent and sales to rental companies more than doubled.
Registrations by private customers rose 3.3 percent. Demand by private customers remains weak, with nine-month registrations down 13 percent.
Sales of diesel vehicles were down 9.1 percent for a 28.2 percent market share, higher than the three previous months but 8.5 percentage points lower than September 2018.
Sales of gasoline cars were up 29 percent for a 57.2 percent share, up from 54.2 percent a year ago. Sales of all electrified cars -- full-electric and hybrid, plus vehicles powered by liquefied petroleum gas and compressed natural gas, jumped 62 percent and claimed a 14.5 percent market share, up from 9.1 percent in September 2018.
Registrations of full-electric cars increased 46 percent for a 1.1 percent share.