Black is back! Car noir tops the paint choices in 2017

Published: 16 January 2018

The most popular car paint colour choices in 2017 in the UK

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Black is back as the most popular car colour, according to an analysis of new car paint choices in 2017. It’s the first time in five years that white hasn’t been the UK’s favourite new car colour.

More than half a million black cars were registered in 2017, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

A surprising 60% of new cars were ordered in muted blacks, greys or whites – no primary colour has made the top three for the past seven years. And red has fallen out of the top five, reflecting our subdued, more restrained times.

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More than half a million motorists ordered a black car in 2017 – and grey was more popular than white, too.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: ‘Picking a colour is one of the many exciting decisions to make when specifying a new car, as well as selecting from the cutting-edge safety and comfort tech available on the latest low emission vehicles. Manufacturers are continually investing to bring more choice to car buyers, including more colours and colour combinations than ever before.’

However, it’s worth pointing out that manufacturers are also charging more than ever before for paint choices. An investigation by our sister website found that on average most new cars come with just one free paint colour – leaving motorists with big bills to splash out on lucrative metallics and other flash paint finishes.

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet