The West European new car market recorded an encouraging upturn in September according to data released by JD Power-LMC. The September SAAR (seasonally adjusted annualised rate of sales) for Western Europe was 14.8 million units/year, one of the best in the year so far. Actual sales of 1.35 million units were some 1.7% ahead of the same month last year, though year-to-date sales are still 2.1% lower than the same period last year.