Guys who go for that Porsche, Nissan GT-R, or other pricey high-performance car and who believe this will make them more desirable to the opposite sex may wish to think again.
At least this is the rising sensibility discovered in a survey of 2,000 UK women by Motors.co.uk who said men profiling in traditional expressions of virility, power, and/or wealth can be less desirable in their eyes, and numerous women expressed instead admiration for men who rock a Prius or Nissan Leaf.
Yep – the days of the Pee Wee Herman stereotype are fading, if you ever believed in that for sensible hatchbacks that go 0-60 in 11 seconds, and emit fewer greenhouse gases.
The study suggests green cars are not just coming along in the sales market, but also in that marketplace of infinitely higher importance – the one involving interplay between the sexes – and things appear to be seriously shifting.
According to the answers given, male owners of expensive sports cars were viewed by 53 percent of female respondents as “arrogant,” 44 percent said they were “self-centered,” and 38 percent went so far as to say they were “a danger on the roads.”
In contrast, women saw Prius and Leaf owners as “conscientious” and “intelligent” and “safe” drivers.
Are these viewpoints true for women in America? No study we know of says so (yet), and frankly, to judge people merely by what they drive is blatant stereotyping, but the reality is this happens all day long.
Overall however, the survey showed old values do die hard, and a core of tradition does yet hold sway with others.
“Our survey provided an interesting snapshot into how people perceive car drivers, with the bad-boy sports car stereotype still holding true,” said Motors.co.uk Commercial Director Phil Jones. “The disparity between men and women suggests that the yummy mummy ‘Chelsea tractor’ stereotype might be having a similar effect on men as sports cars appear to be having on women.”