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  • Europeans are not ready to give up on personal cars

    Nov 15, 2012, 10:11
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    According to a survey held by Ford, European residents do not want to give up on their cars but are worried about growing problems of traffic jams, cost increase of car ownership and environmental issues.

    More than 6,000 people were interviewed within this survey in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Great Britain. And as a result it became known that despite well-developed public transport system in Europe, most Europeans choose rather their personal vehicles.

    The survey demonstrated that most European residents consider life without personal car to be impossible but 76% of them admit they are dissatisfied with traffic jams and fuel price increase. Being motorists, 74% Europeans use public transport, 37% share their car with relatives and 3% of them use various car rental and exchange schemes.

    There were other conclusions drawn following the result of this survey: 74% of respondents identify car ownership with freedom and independence; 52% don't use public transport or use it less often than once in a month; 77% are not ready to give up on personal cars in order to help deal with environmental issues; 72% consider fuel efficiency to be one of the key factors on buying a car and 50% of them are ready to change their driving style to more “eco-friendly” in case it provides them financial benefit.

    Forecasts say number of vehicles will grow worldwide from the current 1 billion to 4 billions till 2050 while according to European Commission's estimates, expenses caused by the traffic jams in Europe will grow by 50% at least reaching 200 billion EUR per year.

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