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In general, average income is the single most important factor that determines consumer preferences to spend on public transport or to buy private vehicles. However, lower income cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Vilnius and Athens are among the top ten cities with the highest ratio of passenger car ownership in the world.
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In these cities, passenger cars are a necessity due to inadequate transportation infrastructure. Unfortunatley, poor quality vehicles tend to flood these cities, leading to air pollution and traffic.

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RankingCity
Passenger cars per
1,000 inhabitants, 2013
1Athens, Greece659
2Rome, Italy657
3Miami, USA642
4San Francisco, USA631
5Houston, USA625
6Melbourne, Australia621
7Vilnius, Lithuania618
8Los Angeles, USA608
9Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia608
10Pheonix, USA603