European automotive sales fell 2.8 percent in November, putting a dark cast on hopes of a significant increase in sales this year.
The market has stagnated, says ACEA, the Brussels automakers group that compiles the monthly sales numbers.
Sales for the first 11 months were down 0.5 percent.
Among the five biggest markets, only Italy had an increase, up 3.1 percent in November compared with a year ago. Sales dropped in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Volkswagen AG, Europe's biggest automaker, saw a sales drop in November of 0.5 percent. VW's Skoda division and luxury Bentley and Lamborghini brands showed positive results.
The PSA Group, Europe's second largest automaker, fared worse with a decrease of 1.6 percent.
Out of the two U.S.-owned companies, General Motors had the better results, showing a drop of 0.1 percent, largely because of a 9.9 percent monthly increase at Saab. Its bread-and-butter Opel and Vauxhall brands had flat sales.
Ford Motor Co. was off 5.8 percent, compared with a year ago. The volume Ford Division fell 7.8 percent, while Jaguar was down 12.7 percent. Land Rover, which has new SUVs on the market, was up 24.6 percent.
DaimlerChrysler AG was up 1.9 percent, despite a 14.4 percent decrease in sales at the Smart minicar division.
Archrival BMW Group recorded a 6.5 percent increase, although its Mini brand was down 7.9 percent in November.
Among Japanese automakers, Suzuki showed the strongest increase, with sales up 18.7 percent. Honda rose 5.0 percent.
Toyota and Lexus had a combined rise of 5.0 percent. Nissan fell 29.6 percent.