Monochrome topped the brand new automotive color chart for the sixth 12 months in a row, in line with the most recent figures revealed by the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT).
With a market share of greater than 1 / 4 (26.8%), greater than half 1,000,000 (509,194) gray automobiles had 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. Virtually two thirds (63.5%) of all new automobiles had 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 automobiles’ reaching Britain’s roads in report numbers final 12 months adopted the identical gray color development as their inner combustion engine counterparts and likewise remained the preferred selection throughout the vast majority of segments, together with supermini, twin function and decrease medium. Three segments went towards the grain, with black the favoured shade amongst govt automobiles and luxurious saloons, and white showing because the best choice for the multi-purpose section.
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. Non-public gross sales noticed extra variation and had been marginally extra prone to go for inexperienced or yellow with 29,919 and 6,964 items registered respectively.
The British areas had been unanimous in a choice 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 the perfect place to play the ‘yellow automotive’ sport, 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 automobiles on this color of any county, at 1,140 items.6 Berkshire was residence to a couple of in 10 of pink automobiles registered (22 items) and was additionally the highest spot for crimson motors at 8,034 items. Drivers in Better London snapped up extra inexperienced automobiles than some other county (3,650).
Automobile consumers had been nonetheless in a position to select from a wide range of color variations though automobiles 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, nonetheless, skilled a comeback, reaching its highest quantity since 2005 at 53,426 items and a market share of two.8%, the very best since 2004.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief govt, mentioned, “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 – whilst ever extra motorists embrace new applied sciences. Automobile producers have diligently expanded their choices, with an enormous number of color choices obtainable throughout a whole lot of fashions and hundreds of specification choices. The in depth selection permits drivers flexibility in selecting a tint that embodies their individuality and elegance.”