Sales of new cars in Western Europe strengthened in June, at a seasonally adjusted annualised selling rate (SAAR) of just over 15 mn units/year. With data for half of the year now in, the underlying trend in the West European car market can be seen to have remained essentially static, at a selling rate of around 14.8 mn units per year, for the last nine months, though with some hints of an improvement in the most recent months.