Car colour popularity

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Car colour popularity refers to the popularity of car colours.

Most popular colours in 2006[edit]

The most popular car colours in for the year ending 2006 were as follows.[1]

Men See Red, Women Take A Shine To Silver When Car Shopping, Survey Says.[2]

Colour Popularity
Silver 19%
White 16%
Gray 13%
Black 13%
Blue 11%
Red 11%
Light brown 7%
Green 4%
White pearl 3%
Yellow/gold 3%

By 2012 the most popular color was white.

Proposed reasons[edit]

Chris Webb, the exterior colour and trend designer for GM North America, suggests that silver is the most popular colour as light reflects off it, accentuating the architectural design, and that it hides dirt and has a higher resale price (10% higher than white cars, a reason many UK police agencies made the switch from white to silver). There is evidence, however, that the popularity of silver is decreasing.[1] A recent study by for Forbes found that most women prefer silver cars while most men prefer red cars.[2]

It is alleged that black, white and gray also dominate the list many cars are bought straight off dealership and these colours are the ones most often purchased by dealers (they provide security as they are more likely to sell). These neutral colours are also often the choice for rental fleets.[1]

Future trends[edit]

Webb maintains that conservative colours will continue to dominate the car market, however predicts that there may be an increasing trend towards more radical designs, such as greens, pinks and hue-shifting finishes (which change colour depending on the angle the paint is viewed).[1] Preferences related with road safety will also become important, since both drivers and insurance companies will prefer colours that are easy to see to avoid crashes.


  1. ^ a b c d Hottest Car Colors, by Erin Peterson published on Yahoo! Personal Finance, accessed 23/09/07
  2. ^ a b Men See Red, Women Take A Shine To Silver When Car Shopping, Survey Says, by Jim Gorzelany published on Forbes, accessed 11/26/2013