FRANKFURT -- Tesla, Lexus and Mitsubishi were among sales winners in Germany last month in an overall market down 1.1 percent.
Registrations were 310,715 for the month, according to data from the KBA Motor Transport Authority.
Helped by its hot-selling new Model 3, Tesla sales leapt 443 percent to 575 units.
Other monthly winners were Lexus, up 52 percent; Mitsubishi, up 38 percent; Fiat, up 26 percent; and Smart, up 25 percent.
It was also a good month for Volvo, whose registrations rose 21 percent, Land Rover, which gained 18 percent, BMW, which saw sales increase 17 percent and Citroen, whose volume jumped 16 percent.
Among the monthly losers, Honda fell 29 percent, while Mini was down 14 percent and Audi 13 percent. Registrations at market leader Volkswagen brand declined by 11 percent, while sibling brands Seat and Skoda dropped 9 percent and 1.3 percent respectively.
Opel's sales fell 5.2 percent and Ford was down 0.9 percent.
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Among Asian brands, Kia fell 12 percent, while Nissan was down 10 percent and Toyota 0.2 percent.
Sales of diesel cars declined by 0.9 percent, giving the powertrain a 33.5 percent market share. Gasoline car sales dropped by 5.1 percent for a 59.1 percent share. Registrations of full-electric cars grew 50 percent for a 1.5 percent share. Hybrid sales rose 55 percent for a 5.4 percent share. Plug-in-hybrid registrations rose 14 percent for a 1 percent share.
Sales to business fleets fell 1.3 percent for a 61.3 percent market share, while sales to private customers fell 0.6 percent for a 38.6 percent share.
Through April, German sales were down 0.2 percent to 1.19 million.