New-car sales in Spain rose 2.3 percent to 93,158 in November despite one less selling day than in the same month of 2018.
The growth was driven by self-registrations as automakers seek to reduce stocks of cars with high CO2 emissions ahead of tougher emissions limits next year.
Dealers are self-registering models with high CO2 emissions, especially gasoline-powered cars, according to dealer body FACONAUTO. These will weigh on tougher CO2 reduction targets that will come into effect in the EU next year.
The self-registered cars will be sold as used vehicles in the coming months.
About 30 percent of cars sold in November were self-registrations, according to another dealer group, GANVAM.
Company car sales rose 21 percent and sales to rental companies grew 7.1 percent in November. Registrations to private buyers fell 8.1 percent.
Sales of gasoline-powered cars fell 3.1 percent in for a 56 percent share of the market, down 5 percent compared with November 2018. Registrations of diesel-powered vehicles dropped 4.9 percent for a 28.4 percent share, 2.1 percent lower than November 2018.
Sales of all electrified cars including full-electric and hybrid models plus vehicles powered by liquefied petroleum gas and compressed natural gas rose 54 percent to a 15.6 percent market share. Hybrid car sales grew 85 percent for a 12.5 market share.
The Seat Leon compact hatchback was the most popular model during the month, followed by the Dacia Sandero small hatchback and the Nissan Qashqai compact crossover. Six out of the top 10 best-sellers were SUVs or crossovers.