According to a survey, the automobile continues to enjoy great popularity.
The representative survey was conducted in China, the USA and Germany. According to the survey, the car has not lost any of its appeal in Germany, despite the ban on diesel driving, packages of measures including, for example, environmental footprints and the lockdown in spring - on the contrary. On the contrary, 31 percent of the German survey participants stated that they would like to use their private cars more often in future. For just under 45 percent nothing would change, with 24 percent wanting to use the car less frequently. In contrast, 33 percent would like to use the bicycle more often, but the classic walking (32 percent) is also mentioned as an alternative to the car. According to the survey by the consulting firm Pwc Strategy, however, there are also clear losers. Car sharing is the main loser (minus 80 per cent), but public transport (minus 65 per cent) and driving services such as Uber or the classic taxi (minus 76 per cent) also lose out. In the USA and China, similar to Germany, most respondents stated that they used public transport less often due to the enormous risk of a Covid-19 infection. In addition, increasingly frequent strikes, unreliability or unpunctuality, underclocking and price increases in public transport are driving consumers back to the car, and apparently well-intentioned environmental protection resolutions are quickly forgotten. As expected, the car is used more often in countries like China and the USA, where the willingness to use cars more often has increased by almost 70 %.
In Germany, the growing trend towards the car will, for better or worse, lead to the installation of more environmental zones and driving bans. This is a problem that is, if at all, a dream of the future in the USA, because there the motor vehicle has a much stronger aura of freedom and, not least, economic status than in Germany.