Grey cars take over

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Axalta has released its 67th annual Global Automotive Color Popularity Report, which reveals the top three automotive colours as: white (38%), black (19%), and grey (13%). White has been the top automotive colour worldwide since 2011.

This year, silver dropped out of the top three colours in the world and its 10% popularity represents the lowest level the colour has had in more than a decade. The survey also showed that grey is gaining popularity in all regions of the world. However, these top four colours – white, black, grey, silver – continue to dominate the automobile population, representing 80% of market share globally.

“We are pleased to release the 2019 Global Automotive Color Popularity Report,” said Nancy Lockhart, Axalta Global Product Manager for Colour. “After more than 65 years of studying consumer preferences on automotive colours, we are truly the world leader in identifying trends and helping our customers deliver great cars in the best assortment of the most popular colours.”

Regionally, automotive colour preference has changed little in the past year, with only one significant change. White declined by 1% in Europe and grey increased by 2%, which gave grey the top spot in Europe for the first time ever.

Elke Dirks, Axalta Colour Designer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, says, “After the demand for grey rose in the SUV sector last year in Europe, we saw 5% growth this year in the Compact/Sport sector. For the first time in Europe, the variety of natural to refined and sophisticated grey surpassed white as the long-time favourite. Europeans have expressed their desire to use grey to quieten the emotional noise in their lives and feel comforted by its presence.”

Elsewhere, white continues to lead the market, with Asia recording a 1% increase in its popularity and it having the widest popularity at 49%. Annie You, Axalta Colour Designer for China, says, “China buyer-preferences favour modern, sophisticated and clean, making white an obvious choice.”

North and South America continue to position white as the top colour, but also have seen an increasing interest in grey vehicles.

Lockhart continues, “While the top four neutral colours – white, black, grey and silver – continue to lead preferences globally, we are starting to see other colours make moves in popularity that might not have been thinkable in past years. For sure, the consumer is truly beginning to change the way they view their vehicle’s colour, and Axalta is prepared to partner with our automotive customers to meet those needs.”

Various shades, from greenish-blues inspired by the ocean to navy blue, icy blue and denim blue, are also being found worldwide. Globally, red is most popular in North America at 9%, and brown/beige versions reign in Russia at 12% popularity. Colour is impactful in consumer choices and product branding, and Axalta is committed to enhancing coatings with colour science and technologies for future vehicles.

“Colourful shades on vehicles are quickly noticed on today’s roads as blue, red and brown/beige are showcased in spectacular hues,” concluded Lockhart. “Blue is most popular in North America and Europe with 10% of vehicles. So, finding a blue to meet your personal taste is no problem.”

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