We all know sex sells. So for those trying to sell low emission and alternative fuel cars, now, there is some good news.
Women prefer men with green cars rather than high performance models, according to a new survey, as they consider drivers of expensive sports cars to be arrogant.
A poll from Motors.co.uk, found that both men and women found drivers of so-called ‘green cars’ such as the Nissan LEAF and Toyota Prius to be conscientious, intelligent and safe motorists.
Sadly a female preference for green drivers doesn’t seem to be getting through to the opposite sex, as nearly half of men (48 per cent) are convinced that an expensive sports car makes them attractive to the women.
But in a survey of some 2,000 UK adults, more than half (53 per cent) of women labelled owners of pricey sports cars as arrogant, while 44 per cent considered them self-centred and 38 per cent reckoned they were a danger on the roads.
Men seemed to be less keen on off-road vehicles with a third (34 per cent) saying considering 4x4 vehicle drivers to be arrogant and 29 per cent reporting that they were rude.
Women felt owners of mid-size, mainstream cars like the Ford Mondeo, Renault Megane and Volkswagen Passat were likely to be hard-working and safe motorists, while hatchback owners were seen as modest.
Motors.co.uk commercial director Phil Jones said: "Our survey provided an interesting snapshot into how people perceive car drivers, with the bad-boy sports car stereotype still holding true.
"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."