Spain ended a seven-month streak of declining new-car sales in April as registrations rose 2.6 percent to 119,417 units.
Overall sales rose despite a 17 percent drop in demand from private customers, to 45,503 units. Sales to companies rose 13 percent to 36,421, while registrations by car-rental companies jumped 27 percent to 37,943.
Diesel vehicles continued their slide, with sales down 24 percent to 32,558. The diesel market share was down to 27.3 percent in April from 36.7 percent in April 2018 but up from 26.9 percent in March.
Sales of gasoline cars were up 15 percent to 75,344 for a 63.1 percent share, the same as the previous month and up from 57.4 percent a year ago.
Sales of all electrified vehicles -- battery electric and hybrids -- plus vehicles powered by liquefied petroleum gas and compressed natural gas jumped 36 percent to 11,515 units and claimed a 9.6 percent market share, up from 7.3 percent in April 2018.
Last month had one less selling day than April 2018.
Raul Morales, director of communication for the dealer association FACONAUTO, said a decline in Spanish consumer confidence (minus 4.1 points in April, according to the EU) and political uncertainty before the April 28 general elections contributed to the eighth consecutive drop in demand from private customers.
According to FACONAUTO, sales will drop 5 percent to 1.2 million units in 2019.