As expected, the car markets of Europe began to stand still in December. Provisional figures issued by ACEA suggest that the market rose by just 0.3% to 956,082 from 953,153. That was despite great effort by some manufacturers to get their numbers up a bit before the year end by whatever means were at their disposal. The figures suggest that the year finished 4.8% up at 15,065,196 from 14,369,480. That is a new all-time best for Europe, and one that we do not expect to see challenged for a year or two yet.