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The Momentum Effect by Jean Claude Larreche

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Compelling value

What women want

Car shows have always been where ‘boys’ toys’ were shown off. It seemed as if the attitude of the men who designed and promoted the cars was that a woman’s proper relationship to a car is to stand next to it and look pretty. And yet, around 80 per cent of all decisions to purchase a car are either made or influenced by women. There is clearly huge potential for any manufacturer who understands what women want.

Volvo’s answer was simple – a car designed for women, by women. The result was the YCC (‘Your Concept Car’), a non-production concept car unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2004.1

Many of the prototype’s innovative features were amazing – an indentation in the middle of the headrest for ...

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