European new-car sales increased at the fastest rate in over two years in September, climbing 5.5% on year to 1.19M vehicles after dropping 4.9% in August.
In January-September, sales fell 3.9% to 9.34M cars.
Last month's figures were boosted by the end of the eurozone recession, price cutting, and a Spanish government-incentive scheme that helped demand jump 29%.
"Car sales in the EU are showing signs of improvement, indicating that the worst is behind us," says Ernst & Young's Peter Fuss. "The sales, however, continue to be artificially boosted by huge discounts and self-registrations by dealers.
Registrations in the U.K. rose 12% and 3.4% in France, but dropped 1.2% in Germany and 2.9% in Italy.