While this has to be a concern of some female drivers I don't think it applies to the majority-certainly not my wife-for a variety of reasons! I think many women, and a few men, regard cars the same way they do refrigerators and toasters-as appliances.
That doesn't account for the Pontiac Aztec though does it? A friend who owns a very well known automotive bookstore and model shop swears by his Aztec, althought the greatest tribute he seems able to pay it is that it was cheap...
LotusElise, you have outed yourself as of the female persuasion-that possibly throws a whole different light on your comment about going country to country with a skiing instructor in a Bongo Friendee (whatever that is!)
I didn't go with the snowboard instructor. I just know him. I've never been skiing. Sorry to disappoint.
The thing about cars as appliances is probably true. There are some people who are actually proud of having that sort of viewpoint. They think it makes them somehow non-materialistic and straightforward, when it just means they look like a bit of a plonker in car parks and at petrol stations.