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Britain’s most popular car colour is silver, says RAC

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The most popular car colour in Britain, despite a 3% decline in popularity, is silver, according to DVLA data seen by RAC Insurance.

The number of silver cars on Britain’s roads fell by 205,326 to 6.6 million vehicles.

Silver cars made up just over a fifth (21%) of all cars on Britain’s roads, as of the third quarter of 2017, while the total number of licensed cars had grown by 1.5m to just over 32.3m.

Meanwhile, the appeal of black has grown stronger, further cementing its second place in the RAC Insurance Car Colour Rankings, with a 7% increase (495,909) to 6.4m registered cars – 20% of all cars.

The top three is once again completed by blue which enjoyed a 2% growth of (100,124) to 5.8m vehicles, which represents 18% of the total.

Three more colours – grey, white and red – make up the big six which each number above 3m cars.

Grey is the fourth most popular with 4.3m cars on the road in late 2017, up 16% (576,117) the first quarter of 2016.

White however, is still the fastest growing colour in terms of pure numbers, rising from sixth to fifth in the list.

There are now 3.6m motorists driving white cars, a 27% increase on early 2016, which means white cars make up 11% of all cars driven.

Red now holds sixth spot with 3.4m cars, having been overtaken by white. Green still has seventh place but its appeal is waning with a 16% drop in numbers (166,616) taking under the one million mark to 899,880 (3% of all cars on the road).

The fastest mover in terms of percentage increase, however, is cream/ivory which has enjoyed a 36% rise from 19,321 cars in Q1 2016 to 26,354 in Q3 2017.

In terms of overall popularity this only represents 17th place out of 19 colours recorded by the DVLA. The number of multi-coloured cars remain broadly unchanged at 7,702.

RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said: “Silver is still hanging on to its title of being the most popular car colour in Britain, but black is catching up fast and may well overtake very soon.

“Blue – in its various shades – remains consistently popular but has lost ground on surging black.

“White is the fastest growing of the really mass appeal car colours as it continues to race up the popularity rankings, now leapfrogging its rival ‘red’ into fifth.”

2017 RAC Insurance Car Colour Rankings

Rank

Colour

Q3 2017

% of total

Q1 2016

Change v Q1 2016

1

Silver/aluminium

6,635,989

21%

6,841,315

-3%

2

Black

6,411,436

20%

5,915,527

8%

3

Blue

5,789,640

18%

5,689,516

2%

4

Grey

4,287,082

13%

3,710,965

16%

5

White

3,608,430

11%

2,833,084

27%

6

Red

3,445,264

11%

3,237,326

6%

7

Green

899,880

3%

1,066,496

-16%

8

Beige/buff

230,742

1%

235,683

-2%

9

Brown

188,373

1%

169,656

11%

10

Yellow

178,149

1%

172,297

3%

 

 



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