The whole issue dealt with in a neighboring thread reminds me of a discussion which has been going on over here for some time and which is indicative of how people look at certain things. You may have heard of "dieselgate". For decades there has been one, and one reason only, why people decided to buy a diesel car in my country and that was - economic(al). They knew they'd have to drive thousands of miles a year. For that they needed three things: a very heavy engine that allows them to use the fast lane, ideally highways without speed limit, and a car engine that is thought to be economical. Those people panicked at the thought of having to pay gas prices for the mileage to be covered each day. Driving a diesel car was the allegedly smart alternative. It was offered by the automotive industry. The fume issue was ignored. How often did (do) I have to line up behind a diesel knowing what was gonna happen as soon as the traffic lights changed. A black cloud of soot particles would cover my car. "Clean diesel". With roads and highways getting more and more congested, a second reason made people buy a diesel car, one that has a bigger and stronger car body which was said to raise the likelihood of surviving in those horrible crashes that frequently happen. So the driving forces behind buying a diesel car basically were threefold: saving money (lower diesel prices), engine power, and survival. All other factors (fumes) were ignored. In many different ways, sometimes subtly, sometimes more openly, men around me kept bragging about their diesel SUVs and the power of the engine, all underlining one statement: "There's war on our highways, as we all know, but it'll be me who is going to survive in it - both economically and physically - because I bought the right car." For decades I've never heard any other reason. But now, all of a sudden, as a reaction to dieselgate and driving bans in more and more city centers, diesel owners seem to have "forgotten" their real reasons for buying their car and argue instead that they had bought their diesel cars chiefly for one reason and that was - environmental. Now they say they'd feel cheated by the car industry and want full compensation. Why? Because they want to buy another diesel car. I'd call that hilarious to say the least. There is a changing attitude toward cars, though, among young urban folks whom I am in touch with. More and more of them don't have a car and think they will hardly ever buy one. Overcrowded cities, no space to park, and hopelessly congested streets are the main reasons. Public transport is more efficient. They sometimes use a car sharing offer, though, when they need to transport something from IKEA. For them, a car is not a status symbol any more but bikes are which they may spend between $1000 and $3000 on easily. That's what I'd call a very promising young generation.