Volkswagen Group's 42 percent slide in deliveries last month meant that it was overtaken as Europe's top-selling automaker by Stellantis, which had a volume drop of 32 percent. Stellantis sold 165,866 cars last month, compared with VW Group's 165,309.
VW Group has paused production at its main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, which builds the best-sellling Golf compact hatchback, many times this year because of a lack of semiconductors.
"We are getting by. We are trying to deal with it," Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess said this week at a conference in Berlin. "I hope we are through the worst."
VW Group, like other automakers, is prioritizing its most profitable brands and cars for chips. The group's Porsche brand increased sales by 13 percent in October.
Among other VW Group brands, Skoda was the worst hit with sales down 49 percent. Audi was down 46 percent, while VW brand and Seat both fell 40 percent.
Stellantis brands also had steep declines in registrations. Alfa Romeo's sales plunged 46 percent. Jeep and Lancia both saw sales slide 36 percent; Peugeot and Opel/Vauxhall both fell 31 percent; Citroen was down 33 percent; and Fiat slid 32 percent.
Hyundai Group was Europe's No. 3 group by sales, with registrations up 6.7 percent to 86,438, passing Renault Group, which recorded a 32 percent decline to 81,220.
Hyundai brand sales jumped 11 percent and Kia sales increased by 2.6 percent.
Renault brand's registrations fell 36 percent and Dacia was down 23 percent.