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April 19, 2005

Democrat cars

I was traveling and missed it, but the New York Times had a fun story on April Fool's Day drawing correlations between people’s politics and the cars they drive. Most interesting is the statement that Subaru has become the signature left-wing nameplate, eclipsing Volvo, which has gone upscale and become too bourgeois for some in the blue-state set. Twenty years ago I wrote a column that referred to “Volvo liberals,” and was amused when one Seattle reader wrote and asked me what I meant. That term is now outdated.

The signature right-wing vehicle, according to this story, is the large American-branded pickup. American nameplates generally (except Pontiac) are bought by Republicans.

My readers may be surprised—I have several times been accused of driving an SUV—but I drive a Saab, which according to this article is “a Democratic car.” I knew it was, but I thought maybe it was because it is made in Sweden, lodestone of the welfare state. That’s not it, apparently. The Saab, one of its marketing sources says, is “an upscale car an affluent Democrat can drive without feeling guiltily ostentatious while also reveling in a different sort of status symbol.”

Maybe I should sell it.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at April 19, 2005 05:58 PM



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