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I was just reading an article in Playboy and it was talking about how Toyota is beating the pants off GM (no pun intended) as far as sales, etc...

One woman actually thought Toyota was an American brand.

ANYWAY. It says "people, especially women, love to talk about their cars."

That's just not what I thought...that women like to talk about their cars more than men do.

Any ideas why this would be?

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It also says that the reason the market is the way it is today is because of women. Women prefer Japanese cars for a couple of reasons.

Overseas cars were the first to put the automatic transmission into mainstream, and this is something women want because it's easy and takes away a lot of fear about driving unsafely in something that can also go fast, and of being left stranded.

Also, the hoods are smaller and women can see over them, unlike the American cars with huge, long hoods.

Also, Japanese manufacturers paid more attention to how things inside the car (steering wheel, controls, shifter) felt, which is something that women pay more attention to.

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My saturn and my plymouth's hods are pretty short

this is talking about in the beginning when Japanese cars started to take over American cars.

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Remember the Volvo YCC concept designed by women for women? It had no hood; you trusted your dealership to tell you what was wrong. :lol:

Most women I know still know very little about cars, relying so much on what magazines and such tell them. My girlfriend is an exception as she not only knows something about cars but has excellent taste (she loves trucks and Detroit iron from the '80s). You're an exception 'cause, too. Maybe another girl I know. Many of them seem to be attracted by pretty-colored lights and cute door sculpting, hence the prominance of the Jetta.

However, I can't say most guys are any better.

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Wait you read playboy?

And first of all America had Auto's way before the Jap crap cars did.

The chicks that i know that like cars driv all americans and the other chicks that dont know about cars drive foreign cars.

And besides who sold more cars in 05? a Cough GM so where is there info and facts?

And you read play boy?

That makes you cool :AH-HA_wink:

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I think i saw my perfect one today she drives a 78 convert caprice, about 27 years old and she was in my passenger seat. so i agree with Fly.

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Wait you read playboy?

And first of all America had Auto's way before the Jap crap cars did.

The chicks that i know that like cars driv all americans and the other chicks that dont know about cars drive foreign cars.

And besides who sold more cars in 05? a Cough GM so where is there info and facts?

And you read play boy?

That makes you cool  :AH-HA_wink:

my boyfriend reads Playboy...I just look at the pics. :)

They actually have a lot of really awesome articles. I enjoy it.

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Cars are both mechanical and sensual.

I think that women can relate to the sensual part of the vehicle. Men probably relate better to the mechanical part.

Now, if women relate to the mechanical part a lot, their butch quotient may be high. Now, if men relate to the sensual part a lot, well...let's not go there...let's not take this thread there.

Seriously, cars arouse the senses. Men and women's senses can be aroused. So, therefore, why shouldn't women like to talk about cars?

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Cars are both mechanical and sensual. 

I think that women can relate to the sensual part of the vehicle.  Men probably relate better to the mechanical part.

Now, if women relate to the mechanical part a lot, their butch quotient may be high.  Now, if men relate to the sensual part a lot, well...let's not go there...let's not take this thread there.

Seriously, cars arouse the senses.  Men and women's senses can be aroused.  So, therefore, why shouldn't women like to talk about cars?

thats in interesting theory. I was just thinking, that for me at least, a car is kind of a like a pet. I talk about my car in about the same way I talk about my parakeets. It's also something that's very hands-on. There are a lot of things you can do and pamper.

However, I can think of a lot of reasons why women talk about cars, but can't think of very many reasons why men don't talk about them as much.

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Now, if women relate to the mechanical part a lot, their butch quotient may be high.  Now, if men relate to the sensual part a lot, well...let's not go there...let's not take this thread there.

:huh:

Take a good look at an exotic or classic car for a while and tell me it doesn't remind you of something sensual. Think about it. Doesn't that "coke bottle" shape remind you of anything else?

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:huh:

Take a good look at an exotic or classic car for a while and tell me it doesn't remind you of something sensual.  Think about it.  Doesn't that "coke bottle" shape remind you of anything else?

I think everyone can agree that cars look good and sexy (sometimes)

But that only explains why people/women like cars...not why they talk about them more than men

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theres words in playboy? hmmm (picks up this months issues......) :P

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:huh:

Don't mind me, Enzora. I was just rambling and thinking "oh..oh"... I could be inviting this thread to go down that path as so many others do...this is C&G, after all.

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Remember the Volvo YCC concept designed by women for women? It had no hood; you trusted your dealership to tell you what was wrong. :lol:

Most women I know still know very little about cars, relying so much on what magazines and such tell them. My girlfriend is an exception as she not only knows something about cars but has excellent taste (she loves trucks and Detroit iron from the '80s). You're an exception 'cause, too. Maybe another girl I know. Many of them seem to be attracted by pretty-colored lights and cute door sculpting, hence the prominance of the Jetta.

However, I can't say most guys are any better.

but you hit the nail on the head because THAT'S WHAT SELLS CARS to 80% of the population these days.

interiors

consumer reports

reputation among friends

GM has never understood how to tap into the market they call women, and 'intellectuals' and guys who are effiminate, or just flat out don't like cars.

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Generally men are taught not to talk about cars around women, since women usually find that to be boring. By the way, did you know you need to buy a new intake to fit Vortec heads on a straight-up 350? (See what I mean? Please don't hit you face on the keyboard when you fall asleep, it's much too pretty to be covered in key marks. :) )

very good point!!

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It also says that the reason the market is the way it is today is because of women. Women prefer Japanese cars for a couple of reasons.

Overseas cars were the first to put the automatic transmission into mainstream, and this is something women want because it's easy and takes away a lot of fear about driving unsafely in something that can also go fast, and of being left stranded.

That is the biggest load of bull$h! I've heard all week. If playboy actually said that then the author of the article needs to be fired IMMEDIATELY!

Does this guy also say that the Japanese invented FWD and DOHC? <_<

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That is the biggest load of bull&#036;h&#33; I've heard all week. If playboy actually said that then the author of the article needs to be fired IMMEDIATELY!

Does this guy also say that the Japanese invented FWD and DOHC? <_<

here is the actual quote:

"Detroit is fighting for it's life because, in the 1970s and 1980s, young women got the freedom to be on the road from Toyota, Honda, Nissan- and the automatic transmission. Women fell in love with cars that were easy to drive, that were lively, responsive, and small. They could see the fenders over those short, angled hoods. Think of the late 1970s, a time of Ford Gran Torinos and Chevy Impalas with hoods the size of flight decks. Those cars were a nightmare for women; Hondas and Toyotas fulfilled a dream."

It also says that women were the main cause of Detroit's decline, although men also took to Accords, Supras and 240Zs. Also Road & Track and Car and Driver played a role in the decline.

I think what it was trying to say about the automatic is that the Japanese cars didn't heavily feature manual transmissions, while most of the American cars still did.

Don't blow a gasket.

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here is the actual quote:

"Detroit is fighting for it's life because,  in the 1970s and 1980s, young women got the freedom to be on the road from Toyota, Honda, Nissan- and the automatic transmission. Women fell in love with cars that were easy to drive, that were lively, responsive, and small. They could see the fenders over those short, angled hoods. Think of the late 1970s, a time of Ford Gran Torinos and Chevy Impalas with hoods the size of flight decks. Those cars were a nightmare for women; Hondas and Toyotas fulfilled a dream."

It also says that women were the main cause of Detroit's decline, although men also took to Accords, Supras and 240Zs. Also Road & Track and Car and Driver played a role in the decline.

I think what it was trying to say about the automatic is that the Japanese cars didn't heavily feature manual transmissions, while most of the American cars still did.

Don't blow a gasket.

Good points, but I don't feel the '70s-80s are reflected on today, the mid '00s.

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I realize that Playboy's articles aren't exactly their main selling point, but when I see a glaring factual inaccuracy I need to step in.

From http://ask.yahoo.com/20011022.html:

As we learned, automatic transmission was based on technology first developed in the early 1900s by German manufacturers of marine engines. However, it was not adapted for automobiles for several decades. In 1938, General Motors developed the first line of cars to sport automatic transmission -- Oldsmobiles that offered "Hydra-Matic drive." The cars were introduced to the public in 1940. In 1941, Chrysler followed suit and introduced three different cars that offered their version of automatic drive, "Vacamatic" (later called "Fluid Drive"). Automatic transmission was a fairly common option on most American cars by 1948.

We steered over to the official Oldsmobile site to learn more about the innovative line of cars. In the History section of the site, we found an interactive timeline that offered a bit more information about Hydra-Matic drive:

It provided true clutchless driving with four forward speeds. Its fluid coupling between engine and transmission eliminated the clutch and its associated foot work. Olds made the breakthrough Hydra-Matic available on all models for only an extra $57.

Not only was GM the first to market with automatic transmission, according to Chrysler's site, Vacamatic was really only semi-automatic. It featured four speeds and would switch automatically between the two lower or two higher gears, but the driver needed to use the clutch to switch from a lower gear to a higher gear or vice versa.

So there you have it -- in this race, Oldsmobile was the clear winner.

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