After two years of dramatic declines, the Western European auto industry breathed a sigh of relief in 2004, as sales rose 2.9% to 16,798,550 units. The year ended with a strong surge, as December deliveries shot up a respectable 8% to 1,232,212 units. (See related data: Ward’s Motor Vehicle Sales – Western Europe) RX-8 helped propel Mazda in Europe in 2004. Mazda Motor Corp., Toyota Motor Corp., BMW AG and Ford Motor Co. posted strong yearly gains, while PSA Peugeot Citroen and ...

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