"It's not very dynamic," Thomas Besson, a Paris-based auto analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux, said. "We'll probably have growth of around 5 percent in 2014, which is higher than what was expected at the start of the year, but it's no party time."
Renault's no-frills Dacia brand posted an 11 percent increase last month, thanks to models such as the Duster SUV, helping the group's deliveries to rise 4 percent and raising its market share to 9.5 percent from 9.2 percent a year earlier.
European leader Volkswagen's sales rose 3 percent after a similar 10 percent boost from Seat, its Spanish marque, lifting the group market share to 26.7 percent.
European sales of competitively priced Hyundai cars rose 6 percent, while sister brand Kia was up 3 percent. Opel/Vauxhall's volume was up 1 percent while with Ford's sales fell 6 percent. PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's sales were 3 percent lower.
Fiat Group sales rose 4 percent, helped by buoyant sales of Jeep's new Renegade compact SUV. Nissan sales soared 19 percent while Toyota was up 3 percent.
Premium brands also continued to defy the economic gloom.
BMW sales rose 9 percent and Daimler advanced 5 percent, with Mercedes deliveries surging almost twice as much. Audi - another VW division - rose 4 percent, while Geely-owned Volvo Car posted an 9 percent gain.
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Three of the five largest auto markets expanded in November, with increases of 17 percent in Spain, 8 percent in the U.K. and 5 percent in Italy. Demand fell 2 percent in Germany and 3 percent in France.
"The U.K. is reaching a ceiling, growth is slowing down in France and Germany, and Italy is slowly coming back: this isn't a great cocktail for 2015," said Philippe Houchois, a London-based UBS auto analyst. Even with European Central Bank pursuing stimulus measures for the region's economy, "there is still a lack of buyers," he said.
Sascha Gommel, a Frankfurt-based analyst at Commerzbank, said: "I'm expecting the same thing next year, with a 3 percent to 4 percent growth, as we are still at such a low level."
Evercore ISI said in a note: "For as long as unemployment rates in Europe remain high and consumer confidence muted, we are not expecting growth in the European market to accelerate."
Evercore ISI said it expects the market to remain flat or slightly improve next year, assisted by growth in Germany.
Car dealers in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, to deepened price cuts last month, with Fiat offering 18 percent average discounts, according to trade magazine Autohaus PulsSchlag. The average industrywide incentive was 12.7 percent off the sticker price.
Reuters and Bloomberg contributed to this report