German motor industry association VDA on Monday kept to its forecast of roughly flat car sales in Europe's biggest car market this year, pinning its hopes on a recovery in demand in the second half, Reuters reported. The news agency said the association expects about 3.25 million new car registrations in Germany in 2003, broadly stable compared with last year, despite a fall of 1% in the first five months of the year. VDA, which tends to be more optimistic in its forecasts than individual manufacturers and other industry experts, also forecast domestic production of five million vehicles this year and exports of 3.55 million cars, Reuters noted, adding that weak economic conditions and subdued consumer sentiment in Germany have hit car sales in the last couple of years but there are signs that the domestic market is at last bottoming out.