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What is your car's personality ?

Posted on Monday, 31 October, 2011 | Comment icon 33 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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New research has suggested that we tend to assign human traits to different types of car.

Some cars were found to suggest hostility or sadness, while others suggest traits ranging from happiness to submissiveness. The findings may help scientists to understand how drivers react to different cars they encounter on the roads.

"Researchers have found that people instinctively attach human personality traits to cars, saying that cars with wide radiator grilles and narrow headlights are dominant and aggressive, while those with large windscreens have childish and happy "faces"."

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Comment icon #24 Posted by Sakari on 7 November, 2011, 2:57
I am curious, does this only apply to someone whom can afford the car they would like to get? Or also to people like me who have to get what they can for what little they have.... IE : Would love a Dodge 4x4....... Can't afford the fuel...... Would love any car newer than 2000......Can't afford it..... So, a lot of us just " settle " for what we can. If I am driving a Suzuki Grand Vitara, and imagining I am in a Dodge 4x4 all leather interior, towing a nice weldcraft fishing boat, and pretending to be retired, does that make me delirious?
Comment icon #25 Posted by Jerry Only on 7 November, 2011, 4:58
Just ate Taco Bell.
Comment icon #26 Posted by MissMelsWell on 15 November, 2011, 4:06
I have a 2002 Mustang GT Convertible. I'm sure it says something about me... but I can tell what I say about it. It's reliable, it costs next to nothing to repair on the very very rare occasions it has a problem, it looks good, it was affordable to purchase, it's got some giddyup, and on the few rare sunny Seattle days, I can drive it top down and pick the bugs out of my teeth at stop lights. LOL. I've owned just about everything from GTO's to Honda Mini's (pre-civic), to MG's, to Jeep Wranglers--I even owned a 70's GMAC pickup truck that was a 3spd manual colum... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by MissMelsWell on 15 November, 2011, 4:18
One of my first cars (some *cough* 30 years ago) was a 1976 Cutlass. God it was unsightly, and it was built like a battle tank! My mom and I shared it. I was involved in a no-fault accident, the little 1980 something Mustang or Capri that hit me was fully totaled.. I had a dent in my front right bumper. I also never once changed the oil in it--probably a total of 30K miles on the same oil... still ran like a top when I traded it in. I think it had about 220K miles on it too. It was happy as a clam and ready for another 220K miles LOL, about the only thing I ever had to do to it was once ... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by xCrimsonx on 15 November, 2011, 4:44
Comment icon #29 Posted by StarMountainKid on 15 November, 2011, 16:52
I'm wondering about this, too. But, suppose one has $5000 to spend on a car. He/she still has a choice of various cars, and the one chosen is chosen for some personal reason. However, most cars available (here in the USA anyway) are boring, dull cars that are mainly just transportation. Most cars I see on the highway are these. There are sporty versions of dull cars, but they are rarely seen by me where I live. Maybe most people around here are dull and boring just like their cars. If one could choose a car regardless of price, I think some would choose up-market versions of these d... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Damrod on 15 November, 2011, 17:28
Good Question and I wondered that myself. The whole idea that the need for "self expression" was priceless and you should spend and consume as much as possible in able to do that came from a fellow named "Edward Bernays"...the nephew of Sigmund Freud... Yeah I agree....there should be a dollar value attached to it for true expressionism...say 10k. You can but alot of car for might be older, it might be crappier, more miles, lousy paint...etc...etc...etc. Like me, for instance,...I love El Caminos...I have had 2 of them (1967 SS 300 horse 327 and a 2 speed powerg... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by StarMountainKid on 15 November, 2011, 19:47
There's an excellent documentary on Youtube, 'The Century of the Self', about Edward Bernays' influence on consumerism.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Princess Serenity on 15 November, 2011, 20:41
I'm Neurotic? It may be a [u]Civic[/u] but an old one!

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