Duitsers houden van auto’s, maar hun kinderen niet meer

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Minder auto’s op de weg, dat is de toekomst waar de Duitse auto-industrie rekening mee moet houden. Jongeren besteden hun geld liever aan hun mobiele telefoons dan aan een auto. En ze wonen ook nog eens vaker in de stad, waar een auto niet handig is.

Changing behavior among younger generations of Germans will eventually lead to fewer cars on the roads here, and to women representing a greater share of the driving public, a new Shell study says.

The study, conducted with the Prognos Institute, predicts that the number of cars operating will begin to fall in the next decade and that the number of women driving will rise in all age groups. If 358 women per 1,000 residents had a car at the end of 2013, that figure will be 414 by the end of 2040. according to the study.

“We’re seeing an exchange of roles,” Prognos traffic advisor Stefan Rommerskirchen says.

“Women are catching up fast in mobility.”

One of the major reasons for this is that fewer young people are buying cars, especially men.

“Younger men would much rather spend their money on telecommunication devices than on a car,” Rommerskirchen says. On the other hand, among older people the number of women is increasing because many older men eventually give up driving.

Read the full article: In Car-Loving Germany, A New Generation Foregoes Auto Ownership
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    • Birger Nicolai