If you are resident in the Cotswolds and own a brightly-coloured car, prepare to face the mire of your neighbours.
Last year, photographers in Bibury, Gloucestershire, complained that pensioner Peter Maddox’s bright yellow Corsa was a blight on the historic village, and asked for it to be parked elsewhere.
Thankfully, on a recent visit to the equally scenic Lake District, I faced no such requests to move our similarly-coloured Honda Jazz.
The not-so-subtle paint job (officially ‘attract yellow’) appears to be an attempt by the brand to reach a younger audience, and Cap HPI black book editor Philip Nothard believes the rise in bold colours is set to continue.
“Manufacturers have to show choice, and give options to buyers, particularly if they are trying to reach a new audience,” he says.
Nothard cites the Fiat 500, Mini and Vauxhall Adam for driving a personalisation trend, and says this is encouraging vehicle buyers to make more diverse choices.
Our Jazz is in exclusive company: of 1.5 million used cars on the market today, just 7,900 are yellow, according to Cap HPI.
The Jazz coped pretty well on our latest 500-mile round trip.
The 1.3-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine takes a while to get up to speed, and isn’t the quietest but, thanks to a six-speed gearbox, isn’t bad on the motorway.
Apart from a phantom tyre pressure alert on the M6, the journey was smooth, with reasonable fuel economy of 52mpg.
And once we reached our destination and were exploring the Lake District, the car was always easy to find on our return to the parking areas.