Finnish new car sales will leap nearly 20% from last year to 140,000 in 2003 thanks to changes which have slashed about 10% off the prices of new cars, the sector's information centre said on Thursday, according to Reuters. The report, citing Matti Porho, head of the Finnish automobile lobby AKL, said the government eased taxation of new cars - the second highest in the European Union after Denmark - earlier this year, prompting thousands of Finns who had been waiting for such a move to go shopping.