Haha, Americans view on driving differs a bit from Europeans. From my personal experience with driving in US, you view it more as a very practical, passive form of transportation, almost like a train. It's a generalization but the fact that people have huge cars, eat more often in their cars, drive slower and that multi lane highways are more common than in EU says something.
Fuji, you do realize sone people have an interest in cars and motorsport? My family owns a fully electrical (obv auto, no gear shifts at all since it's all one gear) and while i'ts more confortable than the manual 6 gear Audi, its not as engaging and fun to drive.