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(figures from paint manufacturer Standox Germany)

http://www.openpr.de/news/686276/Autofarben-Trends-2012-Weiss-ist-nicht-zu-stoppen.html

Looking at the cars loading on the Shuttle in both directions I came to these proportions:

Dark grey/black (mainly grey) 60%
White/silver 30%
Red 5%
Everything else (essentially "blue") 5%

Surprised to see black so high up - it's used as a colour for large SUVs and limousines, but not really for everyday cars.

Brown is up to 6% from about zero!

MG is offering bright, attractive colours as well as white, black, grey and silver. Wonder how well they are selling?
 

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(figures from paint manufacturer Standox Germany)

http://www.openpr.de/news/686276/Autofarben-Trends-2012-Weiss-ist-nicht-zu-stoppen.html

Looking at the cars loading on the Shuttle in both directions I came to these proportions:

Dark grey/black (mainly grey) 60%
White/silver 30%
Red 5%
Everything else (essentially "blue") 5%

Surprised to see black so high up - it's used as a colour for large SUVs and limousines, but not really for everyday cars.

Brown is up to 6% from about zero!

MG is offering bright, attractive colours as well as white, black, grey and silver. Wonder how well they are selling?
Give it 5 years and you won't be able to sell a white car. Stick with black and silver and you can't go far wrong.
 

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Give it 5 years and you won't be able to sell a white car. Stick with black and silver and you can't go far wrong.
I remember red was THE colour at the end of the 80s, then green. However, there is so much dark grey today that there will be safety in numbers.

White has come from nowhere, blue tried, now brown (?) is on the march. :dunno:
 

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Not a fan of white cars - on the wrong car it looks too much like a domestic appliance! Currently own grey and red, with green and red being my most owned colours. Did have white, once...
 

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The most depressing thing is that "Grey" is in third place.
Quite agree with that sentiment - grey, black and silver always seem to me to be 'colourless' colours - safe, inoffensive and timeless, yes; but ultimately dull and boring, unexciting and just suggest a colourless character behind the wheel (sorry if that upsets those with such coloured cars, but that's the way I see it :err:).

White, although it appears another non-colour, does stand out in a crowd and in some ways is more of a colour than reds and blues.
 

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Silver is just marketing speak for light grey and grey is just the dullest colour in the world. OK if you want to make your battleship inconspicuous to the enemy but far too drab for a car. I am delighted white is back as this was the colour of my first car, a 1957 Ford Zephyr.
 

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Never really been a fan of white cars. A few look good and a more can be made to look good with subtle (or not so subtle) graphics, but for the most part it's worse than grey.

White says to me that the car has pretensions to be different from the primer brigade, but didnt have the courage of their convictions to choose an actual colour and defaulted to white.
 

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Quite agree with that sentiment - grey, black and silver always seem to me to be 'colourless' colours - safe, inoffensive and timeless, yes; but ultimately dull and boring, unexciting and just suggest a colourless character behind the wheel (sorry if that upsets those with such coloured cars, but that's the way I see it :err:).

White, although it appears another non-colour, does stand out in a crowd and in some ways is more of a colour than reds and blues.
I don't think it's anything to do with a colourless character, and more about residuals; neutral, boring coloured cars tend to sell better, so financially silver is a safer bet than red. As such, for people who don't care too much about colour (most people who view cars as tools) it's an easier choice.
 

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I don't think it's anything to do with a colourless character, and more about residuals; neutral, boring coloured cars tend to sell better, so financially silver is a safer bet than red. As such, for people who don't care too much about colour (most people who view cars as tools) it's an easier choice.
this was true some years ago, certainly. It won't change quickly but a car you buy now to sell in four years' time could look very old-fashioned compared to the new fashion.

Ten years ago or so, because of residuals, the police began buying silver cars instead of white ones and covering them in stickers. Now, police cars are white again - white is often cheaper to buy than silver.
 
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