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Chick Car? Not So Easy To Tell | June 22, 2010 | 10:35 AM EDT

For years people have derisively said, "oh that's a chick car" when describing a certain model supposedly favored by women.

Whenever I would hear people in the auto industry use this term, I'd think to myself, "Talk about making a broad, often incorrect generalization."

Recently a study by analyzed the registrations of new models that have been bought.

Essentially it's a look at what models men and women have bought. It found nine models where the majority of the registered owners are women:

  • Volkswagen New Beetle
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Volkswagen EOS
  • Volvo S40 Sedan
  • Honda CR-V
  • Kia Sportage
  • Toyota Rav4
  • Nissan Sentra.
  • At first blush, you might look at this list and say, "Those are the models ladies want."

    I don't buy that conclusion, for a variety of reasons.

    First, the idea that there are "chick cars" is one that designers in the industry dismiss. Are there some styling cues and features in different models that are likely to resonate more with a man or with a woman? You bet. But to make a blanket statement that there are cars geared toward ladies is way too simplistic.

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