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Self-centred men “are much more likely to own a high-status car such as an Audi, BMW or Mercedes”

A new scientific research published paper has stated that self-centred men “are much more likely to own a high-status car such as an Audi, BMW or Mercedes.”

Those are also the same personality traits that explain why they can be such aggressive and unethical drivers.

The paper, entitled “Not only assholes drive Mercedes. Besides disagreeable men, also conscientious people drive high‐status cars,” was published in the International Journal of Psychology by the Swedish School of Social Science at the University of Helsinki.

Jan-Erik Lönnqvist, professor of social psychology, has concluded that owners of German luxury cars are more likely to drive recklessly and ignore traffic laws.

“I had noticed that the ones most likely to run a red light, not give way to pedestrians, and generally drive recklessly and too fast were often the ones driving fast German cars.”

Lönnqvist authored the report after studying 1,892 car owners to measure openness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, and to determine whether wealth and personality traits affect driving habits.

His conclusions »

Self-centred men who are argumentative, stubborn, disagreeable and unempathetic are much more likely to own a high-status car such as an Audi, BMW, or Mercedes. … These personality traits explain the desire to own high-status products, and the same traits also explain why such people break traffic regulations more frequently than others.

Yle News »

However, Lönnqvist said he was surprised his research also found that other types of personalities are drawn to high-end vehicles – the conscientious. He described this group as talented, reliable, well-organised people who are thriving at their careers.

“The link is presumably explained by the importance they attach to high quality. All makes of car have a specific image, and by driving a reliable car they are sending out the message that they themselves are reliable,” the professor reasoned.

Another notable finding in the study was that the conscientious personality type who drove top shelf vehicles included both men and women, while the drivers of fancy cars who had self-centred personality traits were exclusively male.

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The cheapest and most-expensive vehicles to maintain and repair over a decade

Jim Gorzelany »

The 15 most-expensive vehicles to maintain and repair over a 10-year period, as estimated by YourMechanic.com:

  1. Porsche 911 sports coupe/convertible: $19,600.
  2. BMW 640i Gran Coupe midsize sports sedan: $15,700.
  3. BMW M4 high-performance luxury sports coupe/convertible: $14,900.
  4. Lincoln MKS large luxury sedan: $14,600.
  5. Infiniti Q45 large luxury sedan: $13,900.
  6. Audi A4 Allroad quattro crossover wagon: $13,700.
  7. Porsche 718 Boxster two-seat roadster: $13,700.
  8. Audi A4 Quattro midsize luxury sedan: $12,950.
  9. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG S compact luxury sports sedan: $12,800.
  10. Dodge Grand Caravan minivan: $12,700.
  11. Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan: $12,600.
  12. Acura TL midsize luxury sedan: $12,600.
  13. Ford Mustang sports coupe/convertible: $12,550.
  14. Subaru Forester crossover SUV: $12,450.
  15. Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan: $11,700.

And these are the cheapest models to maintain and repair for a decade’s ownership, according to YourMechanic.com:

  1. Toyota Yaris subcompact hatchback: $3,289.
  2. Toyota Corolla compact sedan/hatchback: $3,247.
  3. Toyota Camry midsize sedan: $3,499.
  4. Honda Fit subcompact hatchback: $3,673.
  5. Honda Civic compact sedan/coupe/hatchback: $3,774.
  6. Scion xB compact wagon: $3,952.
  7. Nissan Versa subcompact sedan: $3,992.
  8. Honda CR-V compact crossover SUV: $4,030.
  9. Kia Rio subcompact sedan/hatchback: $4,112.
  10. Chevrolet Spark subcompact hatchback: $4,189.
  11. Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan: $4,199.
  12. Ford Edge midsize crossover SUV: $4,293.
  13. Kia Soul subcompact wagon: $4,353.
  14. Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact sedan: $4,375.
  15. Subaru Impreza subcompact sedan/hatchback: $4,462.

Read the whole article at Forbes »

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The 10 cars you are most likely to trade in within a year of purchase (and the 10 you are most likely to keep the longest)

More Mercedes-Benz C-Class models are purchased and sold or traded-in during the first year than any other model.

Paul A. Eisenstein, writing in The Detroit Bureau »

Some cars look great – until you actually buy them, and then, suddenly, you discover any number of reasons why you want to trade them in in a hurry.

For a variety of reasons, about 3% of the vehicles American motorists buy new will be sold or traded in during their first year of ownership. But a new study by iSeeCars found that the figure runs substantially higher for some products.

The top 10 cars you are likely to trade-in or sell the soonest included eight German and British luxury cars, two Nissans, but no traditional American brands »

  1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  2. BMW 3-Series
  3. Land Rover Discovery Sport
  4. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  5. Mini Clubman
  6. BMW X1
  7. BMW X3
  8. Nissan Versa Note
  9. Jaguar XF
  10. Nissan Versa

Here are the 10 cars you are most likely to keep the longest »

  1. Toyota Land Cruiser
  2. Chevrolet Corvette
  3. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
  4. Audi TT
  5. Ford Expedition
  6. Ford Mustang
  7. Toyota 4Runner
  8. Porsche 911
  9. Toyota Sequoia
  10. Toyota Avalon

Tesla Model S outsells Mercedes S class and BMW 7 series luxury flagships in Europe

Nick Gibbs, Automotive News:

The Model S has outsold German rivals in the upper-sedan category in the U.S in previous years, but never in Europe.

“This is an alarm for the traditional automakers such as Mercedes. It says a smaller but smarter brand such as Tesla can beat them at home,” said Felipe Munoz, an analyst with market researchers JATO Dynamics.

European automakers need to address the electrification faster because customers are showing more and more interest in such vehicles and it seems that the traditional industry “can’t deliver on time,” Munoz said.

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Tesla’s Model S outsold Germany’s flagship sedans in Europe in 2017 – Quartz

Tesla outsells BMW, Audi and Mercedes’ flagships in their home market – CNET