New-vehicle sales in Europe plunged 25.8 percent in November to 932,537 units, the biggest decline this year.
Not only has European volume fallen 7.1 percent in the first 11 months, but the rate of decline also is accelerating.
In November, all major markets suffered big losses — with Italy, the United Kingdom and Spain off between a third and half from a year earlier.
Smaller markets also declined. Six countries were down more than 50 percent last month.
The worst was Iceland, where the overall economy has collapsed during the global financial crunch.
Iceland is always a tiny market, where perhaps 1,000 or so cars sell in a normal month. In November, only 74 new vehicles sold there.
Every major auto group posted double-digit declines in November.
The best performer was Volkswagen AG, which fell 17.4 percent in units but gained more than two points of market share because everybody else did even worse.
Among major players, November's biggest declines were at General Motors, down 37.5 percent to 76,383 units, and Toyota Motor Corp., off 33.7 percent to 43,541.