why do you think American automobiles are so expensive?
This is a good one. Cars are by far the cheapest in the US. I own an older Mercury Mystique which is exactly the same car as the German Ford Mondeo. At the time I bought the Mystique it was less than half as much as the German Mondeo equally equipped.
Even when imported to Germany, the American cars are always cheaper than European equivalents - and that despite the transport cost, 30% import duty (in Germany) and the technical modifications they have to make to comply with German standards.
In Germany, you pay $30.000 for a standard VW no frills Golf with a small 4 cylinder engine and no automatic. If you beaf it up, you are in the $40K range - and that is similar in all the European countries.