It really depends where you are.
Here's a story to illustrate what I mean:
Two guys I used to work with were at our Paris offices and one of the local guys was taking them to a customer site. They got to the road where the customers offices were. This place is notoriously hard to find parking so my friends were chatting away in the back expecting to drive around for a bit.
To their suprise the French driver shouts weh hey, Parking and slams the brakes. My friends look around see that there are no parking spaces around and assume this guy must be on crack. As they continue their conversation, the guy puts his car in reverse and slams into a car parked next to them, pushing it back. He then does the same to the car parked infront and calmly parks his car.
As they walk to the site he starts going on about how hard it is to find parking here. Noone will ever believe he found parking right infront of the customers site, etc.
Moral of the story. Dont buy a nice car in Paris. Never put your handbrake on.
Don't try thisin London. You'll probably have a metal impliment of some sort weged into your skull.
I would say we're more open minded about our choice in cars. Cars dont have to be the size of your house. We appreciate quircky of the wall, practical, individual, etc designs. We're not so "patriotic" about our cars. If its ****, we just won't buy it.