Monochrome topped the brand new automotive color chart for the sixth 12 months in a row, in line with the newest figures printed by the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT).
With a market share of greater than 1 / 4 (26.8%), greater than half one million (509,194) gray vehicles have been registered in 2023, with volumes rising 22.6% as the brand new automotive market loved its finest 12 months for the reason that pandemic.
Black and white held second and third place, additionally for the sixth consecutive 12 months, and recorded their finest volumes since 2019. Nearly two thirds (63.5%) of all new vehicles have been monochrome, whereas blue rose 10.9% to take fourth place and crimson remained in fifth – though it additionally recorded its lowest market share since 2005 and has seen its reputation steadily decline since 2019.
‘Zero emission vehicles’ reaching Britain’s roads in document numbers final 12 months adopted the identical gray color development as their inner combustion engine counterparts and in addition remained the most well-liked selection throughout nearly all of segments, together with supermini, twin function and decrease medium. Three segments went in opposition to the grain, with black the favoured shade amongst govt vehicles and luxurious saloons, and white showing because the best choice for the multi-purpose phase.
Fleets, which drove funding within the new automotive market in 2023, additionally favoured monochrome, with gray making up greater than 1 / 4 (26.9%) of all registrations. Personal gross sales noticed extra variation and have been marginally extra more likely to go for inexperienced or yellow with 29,919 and 6,964 items registered respectively.
The British areas have been unanimous in a desire for gray, with white rating because the second hottest within the Channel Islands, Northern Eire and Scotland. Black was the second hottest in England, Wales and the Isle of Man.
Strathclyde proved one of the best place to play the ‘yellow automotive’ recreation, rating probably the most registrations of the intense shade, with 677 bought within the space and, whereas orange wasn’t fairly the brand new black in Cheshire, drivers there registered probably the most vehicles on this color of any county, at 1,140 items.6 Berkshire was dwelling to multiple in 10 of pink vehicles registered (22 items) and was additionally the highest spot for crimson motors at 8,034 items. Drivers in Better London snapped up extra inexperienced vehicles than some other county (3,650).
Automotive consumers have been nonetheless ready to select from a wide range of color variations though vehicles in maroon, pink and cream remained area of interest, accounting for simply 604 registrations mixed. Orange, bronze, turquoise and brown in the meantime fell in reputation in contrast with 2023 volumes.
Inexperienced, nevertheless, skilled a comeback, reaching its highest quantity since 2005 at 53,426 items and a market share of two.8%, the best since 2004.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief govt, stated, “2023 was a bumper 12 months for the British new automotive market, as consumers continued to gravitate in direction of acquainted monochrome hues for one more 12 months – at the same time as ever extra motorists embrace new applied sciences. Automotive producers have diligently expanded their choices, with an enormous choice of color choices out there throughout a whole bunch of fashions and 1000’s of specification choices. The intensive selection permits drivers flexibility in selecting a tint that embodies their individuality and elegance.”