Turns out the good people of Washington state and Georgia have one big thing in common: they both share a propensity, more so than residents of any other states, to purchase a Nissan Leaf.
This revelation comes from Popular Mechanics, which asked auto analyst Tom Libby of IHS Automotive to analyze data from every car sale in the U.S. They didn’t want to know which cars were most popular in each state–that would be a pretty repetitive list–but, rather, which cars were most distinctive to each state. In order to determine this, Libby calculated the popularity of each car sold in America by percentage using registration data. He then compared those results to data at the state level to get a national average.
Some states’ most distinctive vehicle were predictable: Texas has their Cadillac Escalade EXT’s, and New England loves their Volvos. Here’s a sampling of some of the more interesting results:
The Jaguar XK sells at 752 percent the national average in D.C. The Jaguar XK, Aston Martin Vantage, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and Jaguar XJ all have market shares here that are more than six times their national averages.
In the Sunshine State, three Rolls Royce models–the Phantom, Ghost and Wraith–each have market shares more than three times their national averages. The BMW 760 is their most distinct car.
A recently discontinued $5,000 state tax credit toward purchase of an electric car is partially the reason the Nissan Leaf sells at 1,523 percent the national average in Georgia.
The most distinct car to Kansas is the Audi S6, which sells at 243 percent of the national average. Also notable is the Porsche 918, which sells at more than twice its national rate. (Although it is important to note that only 190 Porsche 918s are sold in the entire U.S.)
Sub-compact cars are distinctly Oregonian: the Smart Fortwo, Mercedes-Benz B-Class and Chevrolet Spark all sell at a rate more than three times the national average.
For a full breakdown of each state and their unique car purchasing behavior, check out the original Popular Mechanics post here.