Mini was the only one of the 46 brands sold in the United States to report a sales increase last month. Riding the crest of new product, Mini reported a 43.1 percent jump.
GM had the two biggest sales losers among major brands: Hummer, off 63.9 percent, and Saab, down 57.5 percent. Any question where the ax will fall at GM?
Cars and trucks split the paltry November sales market just about evenly. Trucks came out on top by 1,070 units, but both segments were down by more than 36 percent from last year.
Even though its November sales dropped 33.1 percent below last year's, Toyota Division had no trouble topping its domestic rivals in November. Toyota sold 6,253 more vehicles than Ford brand and 13,714 more than Chevrolet.
The full-year race is more significant. After 11 months, Toyota was 75,421 sales ahead of second-place Chevrolet and seems a shoo-in to lead for the entire year. A foreign brand never has been the full-year best seller in the United States.
Every class of vehicles took a bath in November. Sales declines of 30 to 40 percent befell small, mid-sized and upscale cars, as well as pickups and crossovers. Minivan sales plunged 45.6 percent from last year. Sales of SUVs were down 45.4 percent.
Hurting most among SUVs were mid-level models, such as the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and Ford Explorer. The segment plunged 54.0 percent.