Americans have a real love connection with their cars. A new survey by GM found 42 percent of all people name their vehicles, and women are more likely than men to give their set of wheels a name.
According to the 2018 National Name Your Car Day survey commissioned by GM BuyPower Card, 55 percent of those surveyed refer to their vehicles as female. The top three most popular names are Betty, Betsy and Ruby.
“There is such an emotional connection that drivers have for their cars. Naming them is just one way they show attachment,” Chris Duke, host of Motorz TV and GM BuyPower Card ambassador, said.
Survey participants said the car’s personality, make, model and color influence their vehicle’s name, which is why more than 43 percent of those surveyed wait a month before naming their car.
Some of the most memorable named vehicles among us include Herbie from the movie “The Love Bug,” KITT from TV show “Night Rider,” General Lee from the TV show “Dukes of Hazzard” and the famous Batmobile from the Batman movie series.
This Valentine’s Day is as good as a time as any to give that special vehicle in your life a little love and possibly even a name.
This story was originally published in Bangor Metro’s January/February 2019 issue. To subscribe to the magazine, click here.