JAGUAR LAND ROVER RUSHES TO SAUDI WOMEN INTO ITS CARS

Companies haven’t wasted any time courting the 9 million potential customers unlocked when Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women drivers. The decision has lit up social media, with both cheers and jeers for the ruling, which takes effect in June.

Also joining the chorus are automakers looking to capitalise on the move, racing each other to get their first words out to woo prospective female drivers in the Middle East’s biggest economy. In a Twitter post titled “Welcome to the driver’s seat,” Ford Motor attached an image of a pair of woman’s eyes appearing in a rear-view mirror against a black background.

In another tweet under the hashtag #SaudiWomenCanDrive, it offered a “dream car” to a women’s rights campaigner by putting up a picture of a bright yellow Mustang racing in a tunnel.

Jaguar and Land Rover posted an image of a handbag spilling out a car key, lipstick and a bottle of perfume among other items, with titles that say “Adventure awaits you” and “The road is yours”.

The move by King Salman bin Abdulaziz to issue driver’s licenses to women is part of a larger effort to modernise and diversify the kingdom’s economy and reduce its reliance on oil.

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