It was widely expected that for the Western European car market the final month of 2005 would see a repeat of the strong sales recorded in December 2004, driven by incentives. But the incentive boost turned out to be a lot weaker than expected, especially in France and Germany, with full calendar year sales turning out slightly down on the previous year at 14.63 million units. However, the upside of a weaker than expected December may be that there is less sales payback early in 2006. This analysis is from JD Power-LMC.