SUV's are a woman's way of saying I am still hot

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  1. Wyldgusechaz

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    I have suspected this for years, that women buy SUVs instead of more practical minivans or station wagons in order to still be considered hot, not REALLY a mom but a hottie who is actually a part time mom.

    From auto industry research itself:

    The Auto Industry Says SUV Drivers Are Selfish

    People who tool around in hulking, big-ass sport utility vehicles have been getting dissed a lot lately, but no one has raked them over the coals like the people who sold them the SUVs in the first place. The multibillion-dollar auto industry does extensive research into the customers, and lately that research has focused quite a bit on the people who buy SUVs.

    Investigative reporter Keith Bradsher of the New York Times has looked into the SUV phenomenon for years. He’s read marketing reports meant only to be seen within the industry; he’s interviewed marketing executives from the car companies and from outside research firms. The industry has come to some unflattering conclusions about the people who buy its SUVs. As summarized by Bradsher:

    They tend to be people who are insecure and vain. They are frequently nervous about their marriages and uncomfortable about parenthood. They often lack confidence in their driving skills. Above all, they are apt to be self-centered and self-absorbed, with little interests in their neighbors and communities.

    They are more restless, more sybaritic, and less social than most Americans are. They tend to like fine restaurants a lot more than off-road driving, seldom go to church and have limited interest in doing volunteer work to help others.

    David Bostwick, the director of market research at Chrysler, told Bradsher: “We have a basic resistance in our society to admitting that we are parents, and no longer able to go out and find another mate. If you have a sport utility, you can have the smoked windows, put the children in the back and pretend you’re still single.”

    Bostwick says that compared to those who buy similarly large minivans, SUV drivers are selfish:

    Sport utility people say, “I already have two kids, I don’t need 20.” Then we talk to the people who have minivans and the say, “I don’t have two kids, I have 20-all the kids in the neighborhood.”

    One of General Motor’s top engineer also spoke of the difference between minivanners and SUVers: “SUV owners want to be more like, ‘I’m in control of the people around me.’“ He went on:

    With the sport utility buyers, it’ more of the image thing. Sport utility buyers tend to be more like, “I wonder how people view me,” and are more willing to trade off flexibility or functionality to get that.

    The executive VP for North American auto operations at Honda revealed: “The people who buy SUVs are in many cases buying the outside first then the inside. They are buying the image of the SUV first, and then the functionality.”

    Jim Bulin, a former Ford strategist who started his own marketing firm, told Bradsher: “It’s about not letting anything get in your way and, in the extreme, about intimidating others to get out of your way.” Daniel A. Gorell, who also used to market for Ford and now has his own firm, says simply that SUV drivers are “less giving, less oriented toward others.”

    Defenders of SUVs have attacked Bradsher for reporting these things, but they always forget the crucial point: Bradsher isn’t the one slamming SUV owners- it’s the auto industry itself.



    Edit: intentional flame to to to see why American car makers are so messed up. A lot of horrible vehicles are bought purely for vanity and American car makers fed that vanity.
     
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    After the hot mom climbed out of the SUV in the Stacy's Mom video...all the chicks started buying SUV's
     
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    LMAO, down here, what you call SUV's are driven by large sweaty blokes with over compensation issues.
     
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    Most people buy SUVs for the same reason they buy everything else, vanity, status and to be with the "in" crowd. They really don't need all that space and power, they don't handle as well as car and have a greater risk of rollover. You'll often see a ten thousand pound SUV carrying a single person. It takes an awful lot of energy to move that weight around, to only hold up a person weighing a hundred-something pounds.

    It's the same reason a family of 3 buys a 15 thousand sq ft McMansion, they'll only really use 3 thousand sq ft at most but they need to impress, never mind that they'll have to heat, air-condition, clean, maintain and pay tax on the extra space they won't use. These are the same people who replace perfectly good white refrigerators and appliances because now the stainless steel look is in.
     
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    David Bostwick, the director of market research at Chrysler, told Bradsher: “We have a basic resistance in our society to admitting that we are parents, and no longer able to go out and find another mate. If you have a sport utility, you can have the smoked windows, put the children in the back and pretend you’re still single.”

    That's
    hilarious. My mother drove my sister and I around in a tiny orange Datsun for years. The guys who pulled next to us at stoplights still thought she was hot. She didn't have to pretend she was single. I'll probably take my cue from her if I ever have children.

    SUV owners aren't all schmucks but i've encountered a few. One parked his car so that his front bumper was resting on MY bumper. I put away the groceries, leaned against the car, and waited. He was unlocking his car when I confronted him about the problem. He looked at it (I didn't move the car just so he could see his faux pas) merely shrugged and said "oh, sorry". I told him I wanted to trade insurance cards and he asked why. "Because you've probably scraped the hell out of my bumper?". He reluctantly pulled his card out and sighed as though I was the nuisance. Next time that happens i'm gonna let the air out of tires.
     
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    The Queen drives a Range Rover.
     
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    Because Balmoral is a wet, mountainous area traversed on dirt roads and has a few fords. She also has a few horse boxes to cart around. She doesn't strike me as someone who feels the need to impress others. When you're the queen of England there isn't anyone else to impress. In any event, she doesn't drive on public property by herself any longer. Besides, Range Rovers are the one vehicle she knows how to fix better than any other.

    I'm torn with the things. Most people I know who have one don't need one. My mom drives one and I constantly rag on her for it. It's a hideous Chevy Tahoe that she really doesn't need. My town is loaded with SUVs and I think the comments in the OP are being generous given all the flaming assholes who have moved here.
     
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    people love their cars, there is no rhyme nor reason as to why they buy what they buy and i don't care what the EXPERTS say.
     
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