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Old 08-15-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default Baby Boomers’ Top 10 Dream Cars

Officially defined as those born between 1946 and 1965 (for the math deficient, that means they’re between 46 and 64 years old), so-called Baby Boomers are ditching their SUVs and minivans in favor of flashier and more luxurious vehicles these days.


“Many Baby Boomers are experiencing another phase in their life, the nest is empty and because they have reached a heightened income level giving them both time and financial freedom, they chose vehicles that provide them with a luxurious, safe feel and a youthful, sporty drive,” says Jesse Toprak, Vice President of Trends and Analysis at TrueCar.com.

So what are they buying? Plenty of convertibles, as it turns out–apparently they like the feel of the wind whipping across their receding hairlines. Based on TrueCar’s statistics, here is the top-10 list of vehicles from the 2009 and 2010 model years most favored by those of a certain age (prices cited are for 2011 model-year cars):

10. Chevrolet Corvette



MSRP: $49,045-$110,300

That 63.8 percent of all Corvettes are sold to Baby Boomers is a no-brainer. Most have probably lusted after the venerable ‘Vette since they were kids. This remains the quintessential American sports car, coming in coupe, convertible and removable-top versions, with assorted flavors of V8 muscle. The top ZR1 affords ultimate bragging rights, at least among Corvette enthusiasts.

9. Mercedes-Benz M-class


MSRP: $55,790

Aging hippies with money to spend need look no further that the “green” version of Mercedes’ plush-yet-rugged midsize SUV. Here, a gasoline engine teams with an electric motor/generator and a self-charging battery pack to boast respectable fuel economy. TrueCar.com says the automaker sells 64 percent of them to Baby Boomers.


8. Chevrolet Aveo


MSRP: $11,965-$15,365

Okay, so not all cars on this list are either luxury models or convertibles, and we’d hardly characterize the subcompact Aveo as anyone’s “dream car.” Still, empty nesters tapped out by paying for college tuition or making a late effort to sock away retirement savings bought 65.1 percent of Chevy’s smallest and least-expensive sedans and hatchbacks during 2009 and 2010. Small and underpowered, frugality is its prime virtue.

7. Volvo C70


MSRP:
$39,950

Powered by a turbocharged five-cylinder engine, this compact retractable hardtop convertible delivers adequate – though far from overwhelming – performance. Still, that makes it passive-aggressive summer fun for Boomers, to whom 65.3 percent of C70’s are sold.



6. Audi A5/S5 Cabriolet


MSRP: $42,450-$59,050

Based on the two-door version of the popular midsize Audi A4 sedan, this enticing convertible comes in quick and quicker versions, with 66.1 percent in the U.S. sold to those between 46 and 64 years old. There’s a choice of a peppy turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the A5, or a supercharged V6 under the hood of the S5 for maximum thrust.

5. Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder


MSRP: $27,999-$32,599

The convertible version of Mitsubishi’s long-running Eclipse sports car has a 66.5 percent following among those on the verge of retirement. It remains a curvy looking alternative to retro-styled domestic-branded two-doors like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, and is reasonably priced to afford fun in the sun for those with only modest portfolios.


4. Land Rover LR2


MSRP: $35,700-$40,650

Land Rover’s smallest model is technically a crossover SUV, though it’s more off-road capable than most, thanks to a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. Powered by a V6 engine, it’s both fun and practical, and is the least-expensive way to buy into the brand, which is probably why Land Rover sells 67 percent of all LR2s to empty nesters.

3. Mercedes-Benz SL


MSRP:
$102,600-$198,750.

This two-seat roadster features a retractable metal roof for four-season fun. It’s as plush as an S-Class, albeit with a much-smaller cabin, and is more entertaining to drive with quicker handling. Power comes from either a base V8, quicker twin-turbo V8 or a truly fast twin-turbo V12, with lots of high-tech gadgetry available. Nearly 70 percent are sold to what we’re certain are among the most-affluent Baby Boomers.

2. BMW 6 Series Convertible


MSRP:
$90,500

With quick V8 power, sensational cornering abilities and understated good looks, 79.8 percent of all 6 Series Convertibles are sold to Boomers. There’s a small back seat, but it’s best thought of as a padded cargo shelf.

1. Porsche Boxster


MSRP: $48,100-$61,800

A low slung convertible that’s able to careen two passengers through the curves like few amusement-park thrill rides, TrueCar.com says Porsche is selling 84.2 percent of its two-seat Boxsters to Baby Boomers.




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Old 08-15-2011, 02:06 PM   #2
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:10 PM   #3
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New Mustang? New Camaro? New Charger? New Challenger? PT Diasast...er Cruiser?

Maybe they aren't "dream" cars, but way too many people buy them because of the rose tinted glasses, so in my book it qualifies as a "dream" car.
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:13 PM   #4
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Please note that this list was formed by statistics, not any sort of thought process.
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:45 PM   #5
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That 63.8 percent of all Corvettes are sold to Baby Boomers is a no-brainer.
Yeah, the Vette is expensive and many in the slack ass generation don't have the $$$. Not really a surprise, indeed.

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Small and underpowered, frugality is its prime virtue.
Or, if you think about it a little more, towability is probably a big factor here.

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way too many people buy them because of the rose tinted glasses
Rose tinted glasses?
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:51 PM   #6
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Actually more people buy these sorts of cars in their later years because this is when they:

-earn the most money
-other debts (student loans, mortgage) are paid off
-children are out of house and no longer costing money - provided they have graduated college if you are the sort of parent who would pay for their child's college

Also, please remember that this was only done with statistics - not to mention an incredibly misleading title. They took the demographics from all the sales of each of these cars, classified them by age, and printed this article. And theyre "aint no lie like statistics"
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:52 PM   #7
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What a horrible list. Makes zero sense.
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Old 08-15-2011, 03:48 PM   #8
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Rose tinted glasses?
In logic, this is an example they use commonly to refer to people who only think and see the world how they want to believe it exists instead of acknowledging the truths. He's just saying they're blind/stupid
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:14 PM   #9
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:42 PM   #10
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thats some list of cars. id think the vette would be closer near the top of the list.
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where is the camry?

and, I'm surprised to see that they are still making the eclipse spyder.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:50 AM   #12
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where is the camry?
Though many boomers do buy camrys, I think many ppl in other demographics buy them too which dilutes the boomer buying rate. There are probably more boomers buying camrys than all Eclipse sales or even the sales of many of the vehicles in that list combined.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:02 AM   #13
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Though many boomers do buy camrys, I think many ppl in other demographics buy them too which dilutes the boomer buying rate. There are probably more boomers buying camrys than all Eclipse sales or even the sales of many of the vehicles in that list combined.
baby boomers buy Camrys but not because they are their dream cars...
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:48 AM   #14
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In logic, this is an example they use commonly to refer to people who only think and see the world how they want to believe it exists instead of acknowledging the truths. He's just saying they're blind/stupid
I know what it means . I'm curious whether he's saying Mustang owners are blind/stupid (which I don't get, as the same kind of logic would apply equally well to WRXs and STIs), or if what he really meant was nostalgia.
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My father was born in '45, he owned a '63 GTO and his dream car is another one. They're a little more expensive, these days....
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baby boomers buy Camrys but not because they are their dream cars...
reading comprehension fail
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Alternative title: "pick ten cars from a hat."
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The article uses a decent statistical comparison, but the better title would be "cars purchased at the highest rates by baby boomers"
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baby boomers buy Camrys but not because they are their dream cars...
I think the majority of the people in the world bought the cars but not because they are their dream cars. My dream car is a F1 Mclaren, but had to settle for a WRX .
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Though many boomers do buy camrys, I think many ppl in other demographics buy them too which dilutes the boomer buying rate. There are probably more boomers buying camrys than all Eclipse sales or even the sales of many of the vehicles in that list combined.
i get it, but you're saying more older people, percentage wise, buy an eclipse spyder than a camry? this, i find hard to believe, unless maybe it includes all the boomers buying eclipse spyders for 16 year old daughters.
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The Aveo.....!?!?
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i get it, but you're saying more older people, percentage wise, buy an eclipse spyder than a camry? this, i find hard to believe, unless maybe it includes all the boomers buying eclipse spyders for 16 year old daughters.
Good point.
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People just don't understand math, or statistics. Please go to college
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