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Grey cements its spot as UK’s most popular new car colour

Time 10:19 am, January 17, 2020

GREY has cemented its position as the UK’s most popular new car colour.

Motorists chose grey for 23 per cent of new cars in 2019, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. It comes after the colour took the top spot for the first time in 2018.

Last year’s figures show black was in second place with a market share of 20 per cent, followed by white at 18 per cent.

This means three out of five cars joining UK roads were shades of monochrome.

The top five was completed by blue (17 per cent) and red (10 per cent).

The only new entrant in the top 10 was yellow, which replaced beige in 10th place.

Maroon, cream and pink were the most unpopular new car colours last year, taking a combined market share of less than one per cent

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: ‘For most buyers, the colour is the first of many options they’ll select on their new car, and today there are more possibilities to personalise your car than ever before.

‘Drivers can choose from many hundreds of models equipped with the latest low- and zero-emission powertrains, advanced safety and connected tech and exciting comfort and convenience features.

‘There really is something to suit every driving need – and colour taste – on the market in 2020.’

New car sales declined by 2.4 per cent in 2019, with the industry blaming a number of issues including weak business and consumer confidence, political and economic instability, and confusion over clean air zones.

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