Car companies are on top of the trend all right. ... and milking it like no tomorrow. Apparently steel labeled "pickup truck" is worth a lot more.USA has these areas called urban, suburban, rural. Much of the rest of the world lacks the 'suburban' category; when you fly into many large european cities, you see agricultural ground adjacent to high-rise housing. Hence many walk, bus or scooter to work.
Drive across Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, or NYC (where many don't own a vehicle) and you'll quickly be convinced of the current 'relevance' of cars.