If sales managers in those countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries which joined the European Union in May 2004 thought that their accession status would lead to a boom in car sales, they had another think coming. Sales in the main new EU member states with substantial car production have been as flat as those in the 15 established EU member states this year. This month's briefing provides sales data to September this year, and production figures with forecasts to 2012, accompanied by analysis of development in the market, scope for growth and increased demand for new vehicles. It also considers activities of manufacturers in this region; who despite flat sales are increasing their capacity.