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In pictures: Automotive archetypes Add to ...

We all carry an ideal car in our imagination. Its form becomes an aesthetic template that makes us want one vehicle and not another. Behavioural scientists believe our choices involve deep-rooted impulses that may reach back to our time in the womb. The process is not unlike the one we use to choose a mate, and Is often ruled by irrational fears and inexplicable longings. <p>Here are eight very different car shapes, and what they say about the drivers they appeal to.

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