Mercedes, Ford See Largest Brand Growth Among Saudi Women

Mercedes-Benz has achieved the biggest improvement in brand health among women in Saudi Arabia since the royal decree enabling women to drive in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Six months after the lift on the driving ban was announced, according to data from YouGov BrandIndex, Mercedes has increased its Index score by 4.6 points and now sits just one point behind Toyota, as one of the strongest car brands among women in Saudi Arabia.

The Index score from YouGov BrandIndex takes into account consumers’ perception of a brand’s overall quality, value, impression, reputation, satisfaction and whether consumers would recommend the brand to others.

In highest overall Index scores, compared to BrandIndex data released just after the decree was announced, behind Toyota and Mercedes, BMW and Lexus still stand strong as non-movers in third and fourth place respectively.

Ford remains in fifth position; Land Rover/Range Rover rises from eighth to sixth, while Bentley drops a place to seventh. Chevrolet moves down the rankings one place to eighth but Honda gains a place into ninth position. Hyundai rounds out the top 10 dropping a spot to tenth.

The Mercedes-Benz brand has forged a strong connection with women, not least with ‘She’s Mercedes’, an initiative launched in 2015 dedicated to fostering dialogue, inspiration and exchange among women.

As the date women can legally drive draws closer, BrandIndex data shows Ford has also gained significant traction in the past six months and has the second largest improvement in brand health among women increasing its score by 3 points. Ford invested in helping women build confidence behind the wheel in recent months with their ‘Ford Driving Skills for Life for Her’ initiative. The brand also hit the headlines for its ‘Welcome to the driver’s seat’ ad campaign featuring the eyes of a Saudi woman driver through the rear view mirror, which looks to have paid off.

“BrandIndex shows Mercedes and Ford have achieved significant cut through among women in Saudi Arabia in what is a critical time for car brands marketing to women as drivers for the first time in the Kingdom. As women size up the cars they would like to drive in anticipation of this momentous occasion, Index scores from BrandIndex provide a powerful, single measure of traction for car brands among the female population,” commented Scott Booth, Head of Data Products in MENA.

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