The West European car market fell by 8.5% year-on-year (YoY) in August according to data released by LMC Automotive. However, the contraction was largely explained by the comparison with the inflated market last year - which was distorted by sales being pulled forward ahead of the implementation of WLTP on 1st September 2018. After taking that into account, August was nevertheless a strong month for car sales in the region.