FRANKFURT -- German new-car sales continued to defy a downward trend in the rest of Europe as registrations rose 2.6 percent in November to 269,144, despite a worsening eurozone debt crisis.
In the first 11 months, registrations rose 9 percent to 2.93 million, the KBA federal transport authority said on Friday. The organization forecasts sales of 3.2 million units for the full year, a rise of 10 percent over 2010.
Volkswagen, Germany's best-selling brand, saw sales rise 14.3 percent in November, capturing 21 percent of the market. Ford's sales grew 8.4 percent while Opel's volume declined 2.8 percent.
Audi posted a 9.8 percent increase, while BMW and Mini sales grew 2.7 percent. Mercedes brand sales dropped 8.4 percent.
SUVs, minivans and upper-segment cars were popular, with sales rising 7.1 percent, 14.2 percent and 14.9 percent respectively, the KBA said. Sales in the minicar segment fell 22 percent.
The figures in Europe's largest car market were in stark contrast to France, Spain and Italy, where sales declined in November.
French car registrations fell by 7.6 percent to 179,160. In Spain, sales were down 6.4 percent to 60,395 and in Italy sales dropped by 9.25 percent to 132,579.
Reuters contributed to this report