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Black remains most popular car colour on Britain’s roads

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Black remains the most popular car colour on Britain’s roads, with 6.5 million vehicles, but white is the most popular choice for new cars registered.

Looking at data from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for every car registered as of March 2020, the number of white cars rose by 269,314 compared to a year earlier, giving an overall total of just under 5m (4,954,510).

The growth in black cars was much lower, with 11,806 units added in 2020. In March 2019, the figure was 112,035 and in 2018 it was 132,641.

Black’s nearest rival is silver, which has 5.7m (18% share of all cars). There were 363,485 fewer silver cars on the roads in 2020 than there were at the same point in 2019, and more than 1m fewer than in 2016 (1,084,780).

Blue occupies third spot with 5,593,298 – down 87,865 on 2019 but still accounting for 17% of all cars on the roads, with grey in fourth on just under 5m (15.2% share of all cars) – down 236,027 since March 2019, and white in fifth place.

The DVLA data, collated by RAC Insurance, also shows that red is the next most popular colour, with 3.5m, while it is followed by green, which only accounts for 667,000 cars, representing 2% of the whole car parc. Orange (8th), beige/buff (9th) and brown (10th) complete the top 10 colours, each only making up under 1% of all cars.

Pink is the least popular car colour with 22,728 but that has increased very steadily since 2017 when there 19,959 – only multicoloured cars are less popular with just 6,724 down from 7,455 in 2017.

RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said: “While black continues to top the car colours popularity chart, the appeal of white is still very much on the up.

“In fact, today there are 1.5m more white cars on the roads than there were in 2016. It remains to be seen whether white will make its way into the top five car colours, however. If it does, it will have to depose grey, blue or silver.”

He continued: “It’s always very interesting trying to work out at what point a colour goes out of fashion. Clearly, this is what happened with silver which was the number-one choice in 2017 but fell back into second a year later and has remained there ever since.

“While taste in car colours is very individual and subject to what manufacturers offer, there must come a point where drivers feel a particular colour has become too common and think they should opt for something else, after all it wouldn’t be much fun if we all drove the same colour cars.”

Rank

Colour

Mar-20

Share

1

Black

6,578,946

20.1%

2

Silver/Aluminium

5,756,535

17.6%

3

Blue

5,593,298

17.1%

4

Grey

4,954,510

15.2%

5

White

4,395,922

13.5%

6

Red

3,486,735

10.7%

7

Green

667,000

2.0%

8

Orange

215,535

0.7%

9

Beige/Buff

208,349

0.6%

10

Brown

196,089

0.6%

11

Yellow

166,799

0.5%

12

Purple/Mauve/Violet

112,037

0.3%

13

Gold

105,065

0.3%

14

Bronze

90,901

0.3%

15

Turquoise

35,283

0.1%

16

Maroon

29,964

0.1%

17

Cream/Ivory

29,875

0.1%

18

Pink

22,728

0.1%

19

Multicoloured

6,724

0.0%

 

 

32,652,295

 

 

Rank

Colour

Mar-19

Share

1

Black

6,567,140

20.1%

2

Silver/Aluminium

6,120,020

18.7%

3

Blue

5,681,163

17.4%

4

Grey

4,718,483

14.4%

5

White

4,126,608

12.6%

6

Red

3,478,479

10.6%

7

Green

745,576

2.3%

8

Beige/Buff

219,680

0.7%

9

Orange

198,499

0.6%

10

Brown

194,889

0.6%

11

Yellow

170,515

0.5%

12

Purple/Mauve/Violet

117,083

0.4%

13

Gold

116,929

0.4%

14

Bronze

88,511

0.3%

15

Turquoise

35,153

0.1%

16

Maroon

31,506

0.1%

17

Cream/Ivory

29,497

0.1%

18

Pink

21,671

0.1%

19

Multicoloured

6,996

0.0%

 

 

32,668,398

 

 

Rank

Colour

Mar-17

Share

1

Silver/Aluminium

6,783,347

21.2%

2

Black

6,322,464

19.7%

3

Blue

5,806,628

18.1%

4

Grey

4,127,994

12.9%

5

Red

3,418,215

10.7%

6

White

3,397,267

10.6%

7

Green

955,149

3.0%

8

Beige/Buff

234,526

0.7%

9

Brown

184,294

0.6%

10

Yellow

176,396

0.6%

11

Orange

161,862

0.5%

12

Gold

138,089

0.4%

13

Purple/Mauve/Violet

122,647

0.4%

14

Bronze

73,064

0.2%

15

Turquoise

34,342

0.1%

16

Maroon

34,070

0.1%

17

Cream/Ivory

24,433

0.1%

18

Pink

19,959

0.1%

19

Multicoloured

7,455

0.0%

 

 

32,022,201

 

 

Colour

Mar-17

Mar-18

Mar-19

Mar-20

Black

6,322,464

6,455,105

6,567,140

6,578,946

Silver/Aluminium

6,783,347

6,442,021

6,120,020

5,756,535

Blue

5,806,628

5,727,825

5,681,163

5,593,298

Grey

4,127,994

4,421,661

4,718,483

4,954,510

White

3,397,267

3,773,610

4,126,608

4,395,922

Red

3,418,215

3,436,711

3,478,479

3,486,735

Green

955,149

837,142

745,576

667,000

Orange

161,862

176,042

198,499

215,535

Beige/Buff

234,526

226,167

219,680

208,349

Brown

184,294

191,217

194,889

196,089

Yellow

176,396

172,672

170,515

166,799

Purple/Mauve/Violet

122,647

119,418

117,083

112,037

Gold

138,089

126,937

116,929

105,065

Bronze

73,064

82,564

88,511

90,901

Turquoise

34,342

35,057

35,153

35,283

Maroon

34,070

32,545

31,506

29,964

Cream/Ivory

24,433

27,460

29,497

29,875

Pink

19,959

21,074

21,671

22,728

Multicoloured

7,455

7,130

6,996

6,724

All cars total

32,022,201

32,312,358

32,668,398

32,652,295

Change

 

290,157

356,040

-16,103

% change

 

1%

1%

0%

 

Colour

Change Mar-17 to Mar-18

Change Mar-18 to Mar-19

Change Mar-19 to Mar-20

Change Mar-17 to Mar-20

% change Mar-19 to Mar-20

% change Mar-17 to Mar-20

Black

132,641

112,035

11,806

256,482

0%

4%

Silver/Aluminium

-341,326

-322,001

-363,485

-1,026,812

-6%

-15%

Blue

-78,803

-46,662

-87,865

-213,330

-2%

-4%

Grey

293,667

296,822

236,027

826,516

5%

20%

White

376,343

352,998

269,314

998,655

7%

29%

Red

18,496

41,768

8,256

68,520

0%

2%

Green

-118,007

-91,566

-78,576

-288,149

-11%

-30%

Orange

14,180

22,457

17,036

53,673

9%

33%

Beige/Buff

-8,359

-6,487

-11,331

-26,177

-5%

-11%

Brown

6,923

3,672

1,200

11,795

1%

6%

Yellow

-3,724

-2,157

-3,716

-9,597

-2%

-5%

Purple/Mauve/Violet

-3,229

-2,335

-5,046

-10,610

-4%

-9%

Gold

-11,152

-10,008

-11,864

-33,024

-10%

-24%

Bronze

9,500

5,947

2,390

17,837

3%

24%

Turquoise

715

96

130

941

0%

3%

Maroon

-1,525

-1,039

-1,542

-4,106

-5%

-12%

Cream/Ivory

3,027

2,037

378

5,442

1%

22%

Pink

1,115

597

1,057

2,769

5%

14%

Multicoloured

-325

-134

-272

-731

-4%

-10%

 


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