Women explode ‘sports car driver’ myth

Male drivers of green cars such as the Honda Insight are seen as desirable by many women
Male drivers of green cars such as the Honda Insight are seen as desirable by many women

Men thinking about investing in an expensive, high-powered sports car to impress the ladies may wish to reconsider and opt for a more eco-friendly vehicle instead.

A new survey has found that while 48% of men believe an expensive motor helps to make them more attractive to women, over half (53%) of female drivers think such motorists are arrogant and irresponsible.

Meanwhile, the poll by Motors.co.uk found that drivers of ‘green’ cars, like the Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius or Honda Insight are seen as conscientious, safe and intelligent by both men and women alike.

More than a third of the women among the 2,000 UK adults quizzed for the survey said they think the drivers of pricey sports cars are a danger on the roads, with nearly half (44%) perceiving them to be self-centred.

The female motorists consider, in general, the owners of saloon cars such as the Ford Mondeo, Renault Megane or Honda Accord to be safe and hard-working, while viewing hatchback drivers as modest.

Meanwhile, among the motorists surveyed, black was found to be the most popular colour for a car.

Phil Jones, commercial director of Motors.co.uk, said the survey provides an “interesting snapshot” of how car drivers are perceived by their fellow motorists.

He said it shows the “bad-boy sports car stereotype” is still held by many.

Mr Jones added: “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.”

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