AirTalk for February 21, 2013

Top cars by gender in Los Angeles

Chevrolet Corvette


#1 Men's Car: Chevrolet Corvette

Ford F-Series


#2 Men's Car: Ford F Series

Porsche 911

Kurt Niebuhr,

#3 Men's Car: Porsche 911

2013 Dodge Ram 1500


#4 Men's Car: Dodge Ram

Subaru BRZ

Scott Jacobs,

#5 Men's Car: Subaru BRZ

Volkswagen Beetle

Scott Jacobs,

#1 Women's Car: Volkswagen Beetle

Nissan Rogue


#2 Women's Car: Nissan Rogue

Volkswagen Tiguan


#3 Women's Car: Volkswagen Tiguan

2014 Lexus IS 350


#4 Women's Car: Lexus IS

Toyota RAV4

Kurt Niebuhr,

#5 Women's Car: Toyota RAV4

Automobile website has released the top ten cars bought in Los Angeles for 2012 based on sex.

Looking at the two lists, it appears that when it comes to cars and trucks, socio-normative gender roles are holding on strong. For instance, the list for females is comprised of smaller vehicles and no trucks. For men, on the other hand, trucks take up more than half the results. While this may not be surprising, some of the nuances of the data do have interesting implications. It seems there is a connection between domestic automobiles and men, as there are only three foreign vehicles that made it to the top ten. Also, the top result for women is the Volkswagen Beetle. This is unfortunate for VW, as the 2012 Beetle was geared towards attracting male consumers. Why doesn’t that car appeal to men? And why do men buy so many trucks, especially in L.A. where parking is notoriously awful?

Why are women more likely to buy foreign cars? Do you have a “male” or “female” car? Do you think there is a connection between one’s sex and the choice of a vehicle?

Jessica Caldwell, Senior Analyst from

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