Audi #ScrapGirlCars

Audi has launched a new activation which encourages people to take part in scrapping outdated stereotypes around the types of cars young girls play with.

The #ScrapGirlsCars activation will run for the month of June. Visitors to the activation will turn an Audi RS e-tron GT from pink to black as part of Audi Global’s Living Progress strategy.

The interactive experience is taking place at Westfield Newmarket, Shop S150 Level 1, and runs until June 28. Visitors also have the opportunity to win tickets to the Audi Ice Experience, held at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds near Wanaka, in August.

Audi has launched an interactive experience via a world first installation at Westfield Newmarket, inviting Kiwis to work towards driving a more progressive future and make their mark, literally, against outdated stereotypes.

“Scrap Girl Cars” launched in early June and asks Kiwis to reflect on the fact that toy cars for girls are often pink “fantasy cars”, coated in stereotypical floral or glittery designs, instead of realistic dream cars they could actually drive in the future.

Visitors to the activation will be invited to use black markers to write gender positive messages on an actual Audi RS e-tron GT, Audi’s very first fully electric high-performance car, turning the car from stereotypical pink to black, over a four-week period.

Audi’s marketing manager, Amy de Vries said, “Progress is part of Audi’s DNA, as is our commitment to gender equality, so it struck us that we needed to do something about the fact that, as a society, when it comes to toy cars, we are still perpetuating stereotypes.

“Why are girls playing with fantasy cars, often pink in colour, that don’t actually exist in real life? We know through our interaction with customers that women are passionate about performance cars, but there is a disconnect from a young age with unrealistic toy cars for girls.

“We all have the ability to influence the future, so our installation is a visual demonstration of that. We’re inviting anyone of any gender, who wants to break this stereotype to join us in turning our top of the range e-tron GT from pink to black.”

Research published in the Transportation Research Journal in 2011, which looks at the behavioural and psychological aspects of traffic and transport, studied adolescents aged from 10 – 16 and looked at gender stereotyping associated with vehicle driving. The results showed that gender stereotyping associated with vehicles and driving starts as young as age 10.

This is reinforced when you look at the toy cars available for purchase for boys, compared to those targeted towards girls. #ScrapGirlCars is one example of Audi’s global strategy around “Living Progress” and ensuring a strong emphasis on inclusion and diversity through action.

The automotive brand has a strong track record in this area, signing female rally driver Michele Mouton to the Audi quattro team in 1981, the first women to be signed by an automotive brand as the lead driver. She went on to win the Rallye San Remo in her first year with Audi, smashing stereotypes and forging a path for women in motorsport.

Mouton later became the first president of the FIA’s Women & Motor Sport Commission in 2010 and the FIA's manager in the World Rally Championship in 2011.

The brand also recently partnered with celebrity Janelle Monáe, who uses her fame on TV and in music to drive social and gender equality. Monáe is also the founder of ‘Fem the Future’, an organisation empowering women to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, where they are typically under represented.

Audi’s Scrap Girl Cars can be found at Westfield Newmarket, Shop S150 Level 1, June 2 – 28.

All visitors to the activation will also have the chance to go in the draw to win tickets to the Audi Ice Experience, held at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds, near Wanaka, in August. Guests will have the opportunity at the ice experience to drive Audi’s most progressive vehicle, the Audi RS e-tron GT, the same car involved in the activation.

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