Interesting question - Friend of mine just got a job at a hedge fund and asked me what kind of car he should get? Then we got to discussing American vs. Foreign, fancy vs. economy and how it would be viewed at a hedge fund.
My Views -
American vs. Foreign - If you're in the midwest, you might get some flack for not having an American car, what do you guys think?
Having a nice car - I said to hell with having a nice car and that an economy car (e.g. Honda Civic) would work and no one would care (people would probably view it as good value). Maybe in PE where there is more snobbery or banking where it is client facing they would want the fancier stuff but not at a HF.