Grey cemented its position as the UK’s favourite new car colour in 2019, having hit top spot for the first time in 2018, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The number of grey cars registered in the year rose 5.3% to 521,273 and meant an increased market share for the colour, with more than one in five new cars (22.6%) sold painted grey.
Black and white rounded out the top three colours of the paint chart, meaning 60.7% of all new cars joining British roads in 2019 were shades of monochrome, although registrations of black cars were down -2.4% and white cars down -4.1%. The top 10 was largely unaltered year-on-year, save for the reappearance in 10th place of yellow, which was knocked out in 2018 by beige.
With the overall new car market down -2.4% in 2019 to some 2.3 million units, just grey and turquoise increased their numbers in the 12 months, the latter up 29.3% with 2,358 registrations. Silver, which has been in the top three 16 times in the last two decades, posted its lowest number of registrations for 20 years, with 201,008 models specified in the colour.
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