New passenger car registrations in the EU rose by 5.8% year-on-year in November to 1,148,618 units, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

The rebound followed a slowdown the previous month, and was powered by strong gains in some of the major European car markets, led by Spain recording a 13.5% increase in sales.

France and Italy followed with rises of 8.5% and 8.2% respectively, while the UK experienced a more modest rise of 2.9%, and Germany of 1.5%.

All new passenger car markets experienced year-on-year an increase in November with the exception of Bulgaria, where registrations fell 7.1% year-on-year in November, and the Netherlands, where registrations plummeted 20% over the same period.

In the 11 months to November 2016, new passenger car registrations in the EU grew by 7.1% to 12,597,864 with Spain growing 11.1%, while the market in the Netherlands slumped again, falling by 8.6%.

The Volkswagen Group saw its market share grow over both periods, increasing to 24.6% in November, and 24.9% of EU registrations in the 11 months to November 2016.

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The group registered 294,414 units in November, and 2,358,929 units in the January to November period, more than double that of Renault, the second largest group by market share.