Uncle Bob said:
Low end, less powerfull cars are what the majority of people are buying.
In Canada and Europe to be sure ... but in the US, with the SUV-craze and cheap gas, I would imagine that the average vehicle has a higher HP rating than over here.
Most cars here are 4 cylinder, and the average displacement is 1.6 or 1.8 liters and average around 100hp. Small "city" cars (Smart, Ford Ka, Opel Corsa, Renault Twingo, Mazda 121, Honda Civic, Fiat Uno/Panda, etc.) sometimes have a 1.2 or 1.3 liter engine with about 50hp. A "family" car (Audi A6, BMW 5-series, etc.) will usually have a 6-cylinder, 2.5 liter engine and up to 200 hp. I would agree with Bob, the small models outnumber the power-cars, so the average car IN EUROPE does have less than 100hp.
The people who drive 8 or more cylinders (or more than 200 hp) are a rare exception, considering the current gas price of about $4.75 a gallon.