Several European car makers would be severely affected this year if the spread of the SARS virus holds back China's booming new-car market, according to Automotive News Europe. Volkswagen, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Fiat and others have benefited enormously from last year's unprecedented sales surge of 360,000 passenger cars to 1.1 million units in China. And the Europeans are counting on China for dramatic growth in 2003.