German registrations fell 19 percent to 194,349 in February, as coronavirus restriction measures continued to take a toll on sales.
Brands that posted gains despite the poor month included Tesla, up 180 percent to 2,371 units; Land Rover, up 23 percent; and Mini, up 19 percent.
Brands that saw volume plunge, included Dacia, down 51 percent; Ford, down 40 percent; Kia, down 31 percent; Mercedes-Benz, down 28 percent; and Hyundai, down 24 percent.
Registrations at VW brand, the market leader, fell 9.7 percent.
German car showrooms are closed as part of government measures to slow the spread of coronavirus mutations.
The February numbers were released by the KBA motor transport authority on Wednesday in a statement.
The monthly tally was the weakest February since 2007, importers association VDIK said.
"The German passenger car market is once again heading for a disastrous annual result. A 25 percent drop in registrations in the first two months is almost impossible to make up for in the rest of the year," VDIK President Reinhard Zirpel said in a statement.
He called on the government to allow showrooms to reopen in time for the crucial spring business.