By Laurence Frost and Andreas Cremer
PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) - France's PSA Peugeot Citroen
The French suffered most - closely followed by General Motors
Total European registrations fell to 965,918 cars for the month and 11.69 million for January-November, down 7.2 percent on the same period last year.
"European end market weakness is showing no signs of abating," London-based Credit Suisse analyst David Arnold wrote in a note published on Friday.
With December a seasonally weak sales month, Europe appears on course to record a similar drop for the year as a whole, to about 12.2 million total sales - its lowest in close to two decades. Most commentators now expect 2013 volumes to decline further, according to Arnold.
"Tough times clearly still lie ahead for Europe's mass-market car players," the Credit Suisse analyst said.
Paris-based Peugeot, scrapping more than 10,000 jobs and a car plant to stem losses, suffered a 16 percent regional sales slide as its home market shrank 19 percent.
Renault's November registrations plunged 27 percent as the spreading economic weakness hurt sales of its no-frills Dacia brand, which until recently had resisted the worst of the slump.
Ripple effects are still being felt from the collapse of austerity-hit Mediterranean auto markets last year.
The downtrend didn't even spare Germany where year-to-date registrations have held broadly stable at just below 2.9 million vehicles. The drop in new auto sales in Europe's biggest market deepened to 3.5 percent in November after a 0.5 percent dip in October.
"Orders have weakened considerably," said Ernst-Robert Nouvertne, who runs two VW dealerships near Germany's city of Cologne. "No one knows yet how much the debt crisis is going to cost us in the end. But our tax-paying customers will have to pay the piper. That's bad for our business."
German rivals BMW
The sales decline also worsened in eastern Europe - from 2.2 percent to 6.7 percent in Poland and from 7.4 percent to 11 percent in the Czech Republic.
GM and Fiat both tumbled 13 percent across Europe, while Ford
The last time European auto sales fell 10 percent or more was in October 2010, when the market recorded a 16 percent year-on-year contraction to 1.06 million cars.
(Editing by Mark Potter)