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Drive Life : May 28th 2010
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Peter Pynta of a house or a yacht -- as a prestige car,'' Dunn says. However, he adds that the experiment simply confirmed his beliefs. ''[I was] not surprised in the least [by the results] -- converging evidence suggests that females are predisposed, possibly at an unconscious level, to focus on and find attractive any indices of wealth and status in a potential male partner,'' he says. He adds that when it comes to boosting attractiveness, a sports or muscle car is likely to help only if it also exudes wealth and status. ''Speed is not an issue, so the car's 0-60 capability is unlikely to impress females,'' he says. However, environmentally friendly credentials might be an issue, according to a 2008 survey sponsored by the US Department of Energy and General Motors that found close to nine in 10 women (88 per cent) would rather chat up someone with the latest fuel-efficient car than a sports car. Yet again, Mitsubishi Magnas didn't get a mention. But back to expensive cars and mojo. Another study, this time conducted by British company Fish 4 Cars, used three different male models -- one considered ugly, another average and one good looking. It then surveyed 500 women and found that 65 per cent of them thought the good-looking guy was even sexier with a Lotus Elise, whereas only 24 per cent thought the unattractive bloke looked better with the Lotus and 51 per cent thought it boosted the average-looking man's mojo. So even though looks do make a difference, a Lotus Elise will still probably boost your appeal if you can't afford that Bentley. Although Dunn claims cars are better at indicating status than clothes, an Australian study indicates the opposite might be true. Conducted by Neuro Insight for the local version of Top Gear, it put electrodes on the heads of 50 women and showed them photos of four different guys in different cars ranging from a ute to a Porsche before measuring the neuron activity in their brain. Unlike Dunn's study, this depicted guys in different clothes that indicated status -- there was a tradie in singlet and shorts, a handsome bare- chested surfer, an average-looking family guy, a hoon and an older man. What the results showed was that the responses varied dramatically depending on the guy more than the car. Whereas the women didn't find the tradie attractive regardless of what car he was in, they did find a Porsche boosted the family guy's attractiveness. In other words, if women have already made up their mind as to a guy's status then a flash car may only do so much. The director of sales and marketing at Neuro Insight, Peter Pynta, says that although Neuro didn't examine the effect clothes alone had as a status marker, he believes they can maketh the man more than a car when it comes down to mojo. ''I reckon, intuitively, that clothes could actually play as large a part of appeal and potentially have more of a role in swaying opinion than a car -- but, scientifically, of course, I can't confirm that because we'd have to scientifically prove it in the same way we did with the cars and the guys,'' he says. What was certainly clear in the study was that, when it came to the attractive surfer, the women didn't care what car he had at all -- they wanted him regardless. Since I look far more like the family guy than the hot surfer, however, it might be time for me to update my old Magna. Cupid's cars at the movies Ever since the phrase ''Your chariot awaits, madam'' was first uttered on screen, it seems men have been portrayed as using flash transportation to woo women. Here are some of the more memorable moments in celluloid culture: Pretty Woman If not for the Lotus Edward (Richard Gere) was driving (right), he would never have hooked up (no pun intended) with lady of the night Vivian (Julia Roberts). Between Vivian's car obsession and Edward's interest in Vivian's mechanical ways, love was certainly in the fumes. Risky Business Speaking of prostitutes, Risky Business is another movie in which the rich guy, this time called Joel and played by a young Tom Cruise (above), has a flash car that gets the respect from a happy hooker, this time played by Rebecca De Mornay and called Lana. ''Porsche,'' Joel says to an obviously impressed Lana after outrunning a pimp. ''There is no substitute.'' Aladdin OK, so Bentleys might not have featured in this Disney animation but let's face it: it wasn't until Aladdin rocked up on a magic carpet that Princess Jasmine expressed any interest in him. Moral of the story: pretend to be richer than you are and have a flash ride. Corvette Summer After playing Luke Skywalker in one of the biggest movies of all time, what does a young Mark Hamill do? He swaps the Millennium Falcon for a Chevrolet in this movie about a guy, his beloved Corvette and a prostitute in training who realises that a car-obsessed teen is the perfect man for her. Transformers Shia LaBeouf's Camaro is more than just a muscle car that transforms into a robot --- it's a chick magnet that's pivotal to LaBeouf's nerdy character (below), attracting the likes of Megan Fox and Isabel Lucas. If those movies weren't able to sell Camaros then nothing can. Dumb & Dumber How can you pull up in a limo beside a gorgeous girl who's waiting impatiently at a bus stop, stick your head out the back window and smooth talk her in a posh accent while pretending to be a medical professor and still fail to even give her a lift? In the case of Jim Carrey's dim- witted character, you hear the girl say she's Austrian and make jokes about putting another shrimp on the barbie.
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