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U.S. leads world car population; China, India close behind

Thursday - 8/25/2011, 8:44am  ET

Adam Tuss, wtop.com

WASHINGTON -- No wonder it takes you so long to get to work. For the first time ever, more than 1 billion cars are now rolling across the planet.

That mark was actually it last year, according to Ward's Auto, but recent number crunching led to the discovery.

The biggest jump in vehicle registrations last year was in China, with India close behind. But no where in the world are there more cars than right here in the U.S.

According to Ward's research, America's 239.8 million units continues to constitute the largest vehicle population in the world. The U.S. also leads the car to person ration .

According to the study, "In the U.S., the car to person ratio was 1:1.3 among a population of almost 310 million - the highest vehicle-to-person ratio in the world. Italy was second with 1:1.45. France, Japan, and the U.K. followed, all of which fell in the 1:1.7 range."

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