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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-06-10 03:34 PM
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http://www.grist.org/article/u.s.-car-fleet-shrinks-by-... /

U.S. car fleet shrinks by four million in 2009

6 Jan 2010 11:17 AM
by Lester Brown



Americas century-old love affair with the automobile may be coming to an end. The U.S. fleet has apparently peaked and started to decline. In 2009, the 14 million cars scrapped exceeded the 10 million new cars sold, shrinking the U.S. fleet by 4 million, or nearly 2 percent in one year. While this is widely associated with the recession, it is in fact caused by several converging forces.

Future U.S. fleet size will be determined by the relationship between two trends: new car sales and cars scrapped. Cars scrapped exceeded new car sales in 2009 for the first time since World War II, shrinking the U.S. vehicle fleet from the all-time high of 250 million to 246 million. It now appears that this new trend of scrappage exceeding sales could continue through at least 2020.

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Market saturation may be the dominant contributor to the peaking of the U.S. fleet. The United States now has 246 million registered motor vehicles and 209 million licensed driversnearly 5 vehicles for every 4 drivers. When is enough enough?

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dmallind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-06-10 04:18 PM
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1. More economic than structural I suspect
Fewer people have the money to buy that second car for fun and just keep their daily commuter. The "fun" cars and rebuild projects and so on became budget items not to be replaced.
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TxRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-06-10 09:05 PM
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2. Hmm..
"Market saturation may be the dominant contributor to the peaking of the U.S. fleet. The United States now has 246 million registered motor vehicles and 209 million licensed driversnearly 5 vehicles for every 4 drivers. When is enough enough?

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Heck I have motor vehicles myself, and I'm a single guy.

All but one serve a purpose the others cannot.
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-06-10 10:46 PM
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3. Don't be ridiculous. Many people are driving Amory Lovins' hydrogen HYPErcars that have been
in showrooms since 2005.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/10/1016_TV...

I can't wait for your breathless announcement that American love affairs with heat and food are ending though.

I'm sure it will be classically oblivious.
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