A new study from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace reveals that the United States is actually far behind a long list of other countries when it comes to cars per person.
Believe it or not, the U.S. has fewer cars per capita than Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and 16 other countries. Despite that, Americans also use more energy than any other country — roughly twice as much as Europeans.
But this isn’t an issue falling on deaf industry ears. Both the lack of car buying and the voracious American energy appetite are coming fast to the forefront. Fuel efficient, affordable cars like the Chevrolet Spark are meant to offer alternatives to the thirsty vehicles Americans generally prefer.
In either case, the graph above shows that there’s a long way to go before Americans can climb in the rankings.