Major car brands may be in line for a boost from Saudi women

Major car brands may be in line for a boost from Saudi women

Toyota is the strongest car brand among women in Saudi Arabia, however when comparing the perception of car brands by gender, Chevrolet stands apart as more positively perceived by women compared to men in the Kingdom.

These are the latest findings from YouGov BrandIndex, the daily brand perception tracker which interviews consumers every day about nearly 500 brands in Saudi Arabia. 

After the Saudi Government announced last month that women will be able to drive in Saudi Arabia for the very first time from 2018, YouGov looked at the popularity of car brands among men and women over the past year in the Kingdom to understand which are most likely to be driven by women in the future. 

When considering the overall health of car brands, Toyota, Mercedes and BMW come out on top among men and women, claiming first, second and third place respectively in our top 10 brands with the highest Index scores in BrandIndex. The Index score takes into account consumers’ perception of a brand’s overall Quality, Value, Impression, Reputation, Satisfaction and Recommendation.

Chevrolet is in seventh place in the Saudi women’s top 10, however, by comparison it comes in 16th place among men making it the car brand with the biggest difference in popularity by gender in the Kingdom. Also winning higher appeal among women is Bentley in sixth place in the women’s top 10, compared to eleventh place in the men’s rankings. 

Top 10 Index scores for car brands among Saudi women, compared to Saudi men

BrandIndex also tracks Buzz scores, which indicate whether the public have heard anything positive or negative about a brand in Saudi Arabia in the past two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth. When it comes to positive sentiment towards car brands, again Chevrolet is winning market share among women compared to men. BrandIndex data shows females have the highest Buzz score for the brand compared to males, placing it in fifth position behind Toyota, Mercedes, BMW and Lexus in our Saudi women’s Buzz top 10, compared to 12th position in the men’s rankings.

Top 10 Buzz scores for car brands among Saudi women, compared to Saudi men

Scott Booth, Senior Research Director and Head of YouGov BrandIndex in MENA, said; “Not surprisingly we see slightly lower scores for most car brands among women in Saudi. We notice the top brands by Index score are very similar among men and women, however when comparing the same metric by gender over the past 12 months, Chevrolet appeals to women the most by comparison, both in terms of overall brand health, and positive sentiment. Although women have not previously been prohibited from purchasing and owning vehicles in the Kingdom, it will be interesting to see how different brand perceptions impact brand mix in the market as the Saudi female population purchase vehicles as drivers for the very first time.”

Data from YouGov BrandIndex between 28 September 2016 and 26 September 2017 showing the top 10 car brands with the highest average Index score and Buzz score in Saudi Arabia among women, compared to men. The Index score assesses overall brand health. It takes into account perceptions of a brand’s quality, value, impression, satisfaction, reputation and whether consumers would recommend the brand to others. The Buzz score measures whether respondents have heard anything positive or negative about a brand in the past two weeks through advertising, news or word of mouth.

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