Porsche, Audi, Jeep and Ford made sales gains in the UK last month even as overall registrations fell by 1.3 percent to 156,621.
The decline was due to multiple factors, including "weak business and consumer confidence, economic uncertainty and confusion over diesel and clean air zones," the SMMT industry association said in news release on Thursday.
Demand from private buyers dropped by 6.1 percent, while business sales fell 3.2 percent.
Diesel sales were badly hit, falling 27 percent to give the powertrain a 23.6 percent market share. Gasoline sales were up 2 percent for a 62.2 percent market share.
Ford, the UK market leader, saw sales rise 11 percent. No. 2 VW brand fell 2.9 percent.
Third-placed BMW brand's registrations declined by 9.2 percent. Mercedes-Benz at No. 4 saw sales drop 8.7 percent. Vauxhall rounded out the top 5 with sales down 10 percent.
Big winners last month included Porsche, which grew sales 619 percent, DS, which was up 412 percent and Audi, which increased volume by 37 percent.
Peugeot sales rose 4.4 percent; Nissan 2.2 percent; Seat 2 percent; and Toyota 1.4 percent.
- Download UK November sales by brand here.
Among brands whose registrations fell last month were Fiat, down 37 percent; Renault down 27 percent; Alfa Romeo down 21 percent; Mini down 12 percent.
Other sales losers included Jaguar, down 10 percent; Land Rover, down 9.9 percent; Skoda, down 8.8 percent and Honda, down 8.6 percent.
Through November, sales fell 2.7 percent to 2.16 million vehicles.