It looks like "passing the buck" translates well in almost any language.

Most Europeans expressed concern over climate change but very few are willing to give up their cars to do something about it, according to a new Ford poll. About 53 percent of the more than 6,000 people polled this summer called climate change the world's "biggest problem," yet fewer than one in four said they'd cut driving to address such issues.

On a more encouraging note, almost 30 percent of those surveyed said they'd consider buying an electric-drive vehicle even though just eight percent had driven a hybrid and six percent had driven a plug-in hybrid or battery-electric vehicle. And about three-quarters said they factor in fuel efficiency when buying a car, so we've got that going for us. Ford surveyed people in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The press release is available below.
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Ford Poll Shows Europeans Want Freedom of Car Ownership, but Worry about Traffic, Cost of Driving, Environment

A new Ford-sponsored survey of 6,000 people across Europe shows the majority remain committed to car ownership but have increasing concerns about traffic congestion, the cost of driving and environmental issues*

Ford commissioned the poll to better understand public opinion and attitudes on a range of mobility issues; Ford of Europe's top product development leader, Barb Samardzich, today will take part in a "Future of Transport" debate in London hosted by the Guardian newspaper

The Ford survey showed the majority of people say life would be "impossible" without a car; however 76 per cent of Europeans say they are affected by stress from traffic congestion and fuel prices; Survey shows 74 per cent use public transport, 37 per cent share cars when making the same journey and 3 per cent use formal car sharing schemes
Today, there are approximately one billion cars on the road. Experts project that number will rise to between two billion and four billion by 2050; congestion costs in Europe are forecasted to increase by 50 per cent per year**

Ford is developing a "Blueprint for Mobility" that calls for partnership with governments, the telecommunications industry and others to develop integrated transportation solutions to avoid gridlock and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles

COLOGNE, Germany, Nov. 14, 2012 – A new Ford Motor Company-sponsored poll shows most Europeans remain committed to car ownership, but have growing concerns about traffic congestion, the cost of driving and the environment.*

Ford commissioned the survey conducted by "The Futures Company," a leading consultancy, to better understand the opinions and attitudes of Europeans across a range of mobility issues – from car sharing to green driving to the future of the internal combustion engine.

The Ford survey showed the majority of people say life would be "impossible" without a car; however 76 per cent of Europeans say they are affected by stress from traffic congestion and fuel prices. The survey shows 74 per cent use public transport, 37 per cent share cars when making the same journey and 3 per cent use formal car sharing schemes.

"The survey shows that we need a public dialogue and pull in all the stakeholders to address the issues of mobility and environmental responsibility," said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. "As the world becomes more crowded and more urbanized, we don't want to lose the freedom of mobility, and that's why we need to take a collaborative and integrated approach."

Samardzich today will take part in a "Future of Transport" debate in London hosted by the Guardian newspaper alongside Sylvian Haon, secretary general Polis Network; Susan Claris, associate editor Arup; and Fabio Orecchini, professor of energy systems University of Rome and editor of La Republicca newspaper.

"A clear vision of sustainability, together with a transparent use of resources, energy vectors and related environmental impacts, can drive us to the best solution: sustainable mobility based on renewable resources and intrinsically useful to the economic development of any region," said Orecchini.

Other key findings of the survey:
  • 74 per cent identify car ownership with independence
  • 52 per cent use public transport less than once a month or never
  • 53 per cent say climate change was world's biggest problem
  • 77 per cent would not cut car usage to help tackle environmental issues
  • 72 per cent say fuel efficiency is one of the areas they consider most when buying a car
  • 50 per cent would use a more environmental driving style if they better understood the financial benefit
  • 57 per cent say elected bodies bear most responsibility for reducing transport impact on the environment
  • Of those surveyed, 28 per cent say they would consider buying a vehicle with an electrified powertrain; though few have first-hand experience of such vehicles (8 per cent have owned or driven a hybrid electric vehicle and 6 per cent have owned or driven a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or pure battery electric vehicle). By comparison 66 per cent of those polled have owned a petrol engine vehicle and 38 per cent have owned a diesel engine vehicle.
The number of cars on the world's roads is projected to rise from about 1 billion today between 2 billion and 4 billion by 2050. The European Commission foresees that congestion costs in Europe will rise by 50 per cent to €200 billion per year** in the same time frame.

Led by Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company has been at the forefront of the future mobility discussion. Earlier this year in Barcelona, Bill Ford outlined the company's "Blueprint for Mobility," a vision for how mobility issues can be addressed through collaboration among all stakeholders and the application of new technology.

Ford is collaborating with multiple partners to ensure a holistic approach in identifying and working towards a future vision of transportation. For example, experts from the Ford European Research and Advanced Engineering Europe Centre in Aachen, Germany, are leading and contributing to a number of high-profile collaborative research projects that look at delivering car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications capability, improved traffic integration and intelligent driver assistance features; all of which are key enablers in easing traffic congestion and improving safety and fuel efficiency.

These include:

simTD (Safe Intelligent Mobility – Testfield Germany) – a joint research project supported by the German government that began in 2008. It is testing car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication systems under real-world conditions in a large scale test environment. Such systems could deliver road safety and efficiency improvements from existing traffic infrastructures, potentially improving traffic flow and reducing CO2 emissions. 120 vehicles, including 20 Ford S-MAX cars began daily field operational tests in Frankfurt in July 2012
DRIVE C2X (DRIVing implementation and Evaluation of C2X communication technology in Europe) – a joint research project supported by the European Commission that began in 2011. It is testing the compatibility and scalability of cooperative car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication systems under real-world conditions. The DRIVE C2X reference system is used to demonstrate cooperative vehicles in real-world traffic in cooperation with the Car2Car Communication Consortium and Testfeld Telematik.
eCoMove (Cooperative Mobility Systems and Services for Energy Efficiency) – a joint consortium of automotive industry, fleet operators and traffic management providers supported by the European Commission that began in 2010. It is targeting improved traffic flow and reductions in CO2 emissions through cooperative systems.
interactIVe (Accident Avoidance by Active Intervention of Intelligent Vehicles) – a consortium of 29 partners led by Ford and supported by the European Commission that began in 2010. It is testing the performance of implemented driver assistance systems through active intervention. These include autonomous braking and steering in critical situations and aims to avoid collisions and mitigate impact severity
"Ford's policy has always been to look far ahead and plan to address the needs of future drivers," said Paul Mascarenas, Ford's chief technical officer and vice president, Research and Innovation. "Our company's vast experience in the automotive environment allows us to play a pivotal role in shaping the transport infrastructure and vehicles of tomorrow."

In 2011, Ford Motor Company spent €4.1 billion on research and development globally, in areas including car-to-car communication, driver assistance features, materials development and manufacturing.

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* Survey carried out by The Futures Company, between July and August 2012. 6,028 people were questioned across six European countries; Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and U.K.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit

Ford Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 47,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 69,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (15 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and nine unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.

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      @2wheel Excellent post. And although most will disagree with you, it is great food for thought. I own a fireplace, btw, and love heating my house with it in the winter. Yes, I live in Florida, but it is perfect. A fireplace won't heat a house in Minnesota, but kicking a house from 60 degrees to 70 degrees in the morning? Yes. @marco The gun thing is more of culture than the actual guns. Look at how they are armed in Switzerland, then look at gun deaths. The Swiss aren't morons. In NY, Giuliani cracked down on crime, and as a result, 10's of thousands of lives were saved. Of course, cracking down on crime is racist, means Irised, and probably benefits haliburton in some way, so most other big cities (Detroit) will never do that one thing. Giuliani proved that a difference can be made, and sometimes, people simply need to be in jail. Some nations, Britain being one, have (in my opinion) gone off the deep end on some stuff. There are cameras in the streets, and people will yell at you through speakers about various infractions? In Canada, there are garbage police, where they look at your trash to make sure you separated it out correctly. Wtf? Of course, the USA has a $1.3 trillion deficit, and when Paul Ryan comes up with a plan to balance it y 2030, it is called draconian, and harsh. So I am not saying the USA is a paragon aof virtue by any means. Australia is one of my fav's. young blondes with freckles on the beach playing volleyball, with everyone holding overly large cans of beer (or as they say, 'bee-ah'), kangaroos hopping about, waiting to be made into delicious steaks, men with croc's draped over their shoulders, having just been hunted a split second prior to having attacked aforementioned blondes. Then in the evening, after a Bon fire on the beach, off to the sidneynopera house, where people play those diggeredoo thingies for some reason. Yep...I know Australia.
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      Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States fell by 1.8 percent in 2006, compared to a 0.3 percent increase in emissions in the European Union (EU), according to newly released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The new data confirm the continuing success of market-oriented, voluntary greenhouse gas emissions programs in the U.S. versus European cap-and-trade mandates. "Even though global warming is nearly a religious commitment in Europe, greenhouse gas emissions are rising faster in the European Union than in the United States." Yep....
      2 wheeled menace
      • 8 Months Ago
      Ezee, of course our carbon dioxide emissions fell. We shipped even more of our manufacturing to China, while simultaneously entering a recession. Sorry, but this is no victory for the policy of our government ( unless the idea was to kill our economy as a means of emissions reduction, lol ).
      • 2 Years Ago
      The bottom line is that (apparently) Europeans are pretty much like Americans in that they like to talk but don't like to walk-the-talk.
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      "About 53 percent of the more than 6,000 people polled this summer called climate change the world's "biggest problem," yet fewer than one in four said they'd cut driving to address such issues." Ok sure, but how about comparing the actual gas use per capita between Europe and USA? I guarantee you the US is way higher. So yeah, Europeans don't want to drive less. People who are fasting probably don't want to eat less... it doesn't mean they're gluttons.
      2 wheeled menace
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      Hey, they're the same as us, and the rest of the developed/undeveloped world!
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        @2 wheeled menace
        No, at least they elect people who enforce some discipline on them through CO2 reduction programs and gas taxes. We just act like spoiled children and throw out any politicians that actually try to do something for the long-range public good.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Changes in US CO2 emissions are mostly because of coal being replaced by natural gas.
      Marco Polo
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      @Ezee The UK certainly has it's faults. However, things have improved a great deal since the dreadfully dreary years until the Thatcher revolution revitalized the nation. Mayor Giuliani didn't really 'crack' down on crime, he simply shifted crime to another location. Most of the crime in the US seems to arise from the deranged prohibitionist policies the US has taken to social issues, excepting gun control ! In some US states. possession of small and harmless amounts of vegetation, can result in very lengthy imprisonment terms, yet anyone can buy a military style assault rifle or handgun ! Your Picture of Australia is absolutely correct ! (except for the diggeredoo player, he left for the UK many years ago). After a decade in power, Australia's previous Conservative government, left the nation with no national debt, and 50 billion in a 'future fund' to invest in infrastructure. Despite an unprecedented natural resources boom fuel by unprecedented by the PRC, the end of a ten year drought, assisting Australia's agricultural exports, the present Labour/Green government has lowered productivity, created massive public debt which no one can discover where the money went, but has managed to increase the production of weird and irrelevant rants !
      Andrew B
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      This is not a surprising statistic. The car has become too important to take out of the equation in Europe much like in the U.S. Even EVs might not be the solution for some. The infrastructure in Europe is different than most of the U.S. Treating it as a more rural setting where you would have to drive nearly an hour (like my family in Europe) to get to a grocery store and going up and around mountains, give the car a much greater importance. I don't see current EV offerings being useful for the person that has to travel that far for groceries and also another long distance for work. Extended range vehicles still seem to be the best solution to me.
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      Aren't we all?
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      very few in US will do anything due to warped 'belief' system even after Sandy causes 50 billion in climate catastrophe costs but will whine about coming right wing 'fiscal austerity' and fiscal cliff, ignoring the fact Congress was so unconcerned they took a three month vacation until this week to go to summer homes!!!!.....and Europeans already do a LOT more biking and have access to public transportation rail system throughout EU those who DO drive are already upper crust and just decide they can afford to drive when they dont need to. In US you dont have any choice in 90% of the contiguous US as big oil has ensured you have no choice but to bend over like a b!tch for their planet k*lling po!sonous dinosaur ju!ce, every time you crank up your hemi, realize you are dooming any kid to life of misery and he!! on Earth along with no healthcare min wage and more healthcare problems and just trying to stay al!ve. well done sh!thead!
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      you could also say germans like to drive and rich all have beemers etc...and just poll those who can afford one and they will all say they will keep driving their beemer but their homes all prob. have solar panels on top. so this is a bullsh!t survey and nobody in germany drives half as far as typical american even an old person who lives in blighted community where only thing left is mao mart which is 20 miles across town which is entirely stocked with communist junk shipped from other side of planet!!!!!
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