MUNICH (dpa-AFX) - The mood in the German automotive industry continued to deteriorate in November. Although the companies surveyed by the Ifo Institute assessed their current business situation as better than in the previous month, they are even more pessimistic about the coming months. The business climate index for the most important industrial sector fell for the third time in a row to minus 16.8 points, following minus 16.3 points in October. Specialist consultant Anita Wolfl said on Friday: "The German automotive industry is not coming out of its economic downturn phase." Sentiment collapsed in June and has remained at this level ever since./rol/DP/mis