In China, more than 80 percent of Mini owners are women, according to estimates from J.D. Power & Associates. BMW is reportedly worried about this and is trying to lure more male buyers.
“You don’t want to tip into being a girlie car. Not only do you alienate the men, you actually alienate a lot of women, because a lot of women won’t want to buy a feminine brand,” Sean Green, head of Mini’s China business, told Detroit News.
China is the fourth-largest market for Mini after the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, with Mini being a rival for Daimler AG’s Smart brand, the Fiat 500 and VW Beetle.
The push to make the road safer by limiting – and punishing – distracted drivers reached a new stage when recent studies revealed that distracted driving is more dangerous than drunk driving. We’ve seen similar studies in the past, including experiments done by the TV show Mythbusters and Car and Driver magazine. Read more