Thoughts from the desk of MATHIAS EICHLER

Germany is less Car-Reliant than US

Well, doh.

For two Western powers with comparable wealth, democratic governments, legacy car companies, long histories of massive highway investment, and a shared affection for David Hasselhoff, the United States and Germany have followed dramatically different trajectories when it comes to automobile reliance. In the chart below, we list the various ways the countries diverge on driving trends.

What the article failed to mention is the fact that Stuttgart is the home of both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. So the people who live and work there are even more likely to use the car than anywhere else in Germany. Because they all drive really nice cars.