Business for car owners is booming, and the industry needs to take action to combat climate change

Business for the business of car ownership is booming in the U.S., and the car industry needs more attention, a top executive at the National Automobile Dealers Association said Tuesday.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) released its first-quarter results, which revealed the auto industry had added 8.6 million vehicles in 2016, bringing the total to 21.6 billion.

That represents a 28.6 percent increase over the year-earlier period, AAA said.

“The U.T.O. has created opportunities for businesses across the industry, and with it a number of challenges that are impacting the future of the automotive industry,” AAA President and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement.

“The industry needs a clear and bold plan to tackle climate change, and I hope that the AA’s plan will help guide the industry as we move forward in this challenging time.”

A majority of Americans now own a vehicle, with more than 50 million owning a vehicle today.

But despite the growth, Americans are still more likely to drive a car than to buy one.

A recent study by AAA found that while Americans drive an average of 5,600 miles a year, the average cost of owning a car is $3,300.

That’s up nearly 3 percent from 2016, but it’s still below the $4,000 average cost that people pay for a new car, which has increased more than 20 percent.

Barras noted that the AAA has seen a dramatic rise in the number of people who own cars in the last two decades.

About 14.5 million people now own cars, up from about 7.5 in 2005.

But there are still many obstacles facing car owners, Barra noted.

The AA’s own survey of the nation’s auto dealers showed that nearly 40 percent of them said they do not have enough resources to invest in the future and the number who said they have made no progress toward getting more cars in their fleet.

“It’s time for the AAA to come to the table with solutions to address the climate crisis,” Barra added.

The AAA is an independent trade association representing about 600,000 independent dealers.