While the August car market in Europe turned out to be an improvement on July's exceptionally weak result, it wasn't exactly a humdinger. But August is traditionally a slow sales month as much of Europe takes time out for the beach. September will be a better indicator of underlying demand conditions, but at this point in the year many analysts expect the European car market for 2005 to turn in a similar total to 2004's. This analysis is from JD Power-LMC.