New Zipcar Survey Reveals Millennial Preferences


Reuters - February 28, 2013

Zip­car, Inc. released the find­ings an inde­pen­dent study of Mil­len­ni­als which exam­ines atti­tudes and behav­iors related to urban trans­porta­tion, tech­nol­ogy and car ownership.

Deal­ers must pay atten­tion to trends among this buy­ing segment.

The study, con­ducted in Decem­ber 2012 by KRC Research, reveals that mobile devices and on-demand trans­porta­tion apps are more impor­tant to Mil­len­ni­als than car ownership:

  • Nearly two in three (65 per­cent) of Mil­len­ni­als say los­ing their phone (30 per­cent) or com­puter (35 per­cent) would have a greater neg­a­tive impact on their daily rou­tine than los­ing their car (28 percent).
  • One in four Mil­len­ni­als (25 per­cent) say trans­porta­tion apps have reduced their dri­ving fre­quency, com­pared to less than 12 per­cent of those 45+.

“Mobil­ity has defined new expec­ta­tions for Mil­len­ni­als,” said Jonathan Yarmis, Prin­ci­pal Ana­lyst at Yarmis Group. “They are used to get­ting what they want, when they want it and mobil­ity solu­tions are chang­ing the way they decide how to get from one place to another.  Hav­ing trans­porta­tion ser­vices on-demand is becom­ing essen­tial to serve the expec­ta­tions of this new generation.”