Rupert Hoogewerf
Rupert Hoogewerf

Rich Chinese think their cars represent the way they stand in society. But Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of the Hurun Rich List, found out there might be a huge difference between the car owners and the rest of the Chinese, he tells the Shanghai Daily.

The Shanghai Daily:

The Hurun Report found some disparities between the public stereotype of specific luxury car owners and how the owners think of themselves.

Mercedes Benz owners are viewed as entrepreneurial, cultivated and successful, which is pretty much in line with how their owners see themselves.

BMW owners describe themselves as owners of small and medium-sized businesses or senior managers in multinational companies. They say they have a positive attitude and believe in living life to the fullest while being relatively discreet. That’s not quite the public stereotype of BMW owners as nouveau riche, materialistic and show-offs.

Land Rover owners are considered to be nouveau riche, second-generation wealth and show-offs, while Land Rover owners consider themselves to be professional, senior managers and self-made people.

Volvo owners are viewed by the public as valuable members of society, low-key, morally upstanding and family-oriented. Of the eight car brands surveyed, Volvo car owners came closest to their image. Additionally, they consider themselves to be returnees.

Audi owners are viewed as government officials, mature and experienced. This image is the most defined in all the eight brands. Audi owners consider themselves to be white-collar workers with a positive attitude toward life and a zeal to live life to the fullest.

Cadillac owners have the image of mature and successful white-collar workers. The owners consider themselves to be senior managers in multinationals.

Infiniti owners have the public image of second-generation rich, film stars and highly active people, while Infiniti owners view themselves as white-collar workers.

Lexus owners don’t fall into any distinctive public stereotype, while Lexus owners consider themselves to be white-collar workers, professionals and senior managers in state-owned enterprises.

More in the Shanghai Daily.

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