Despite the rhetoric and political posturing surrounding the Iraq issue, it seems that so far at least, the prospect of an impending war is not affecting the purchase decisions of Western European car buyers according to the automotive analyst and forecaster DRI-WEFA. DRI-WEFA says that the current state of the European new car market shows no real signs of consumers being spooked, with the running rate trending down but well within the expected (prewar scenario) forecast range.