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Grey remains UK's most popular new car colour

Date: 15 January 2021   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Grey was the most commonly chosen colour on new cars in the UK for the third year running in 2020, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

It reports that 24.3% of cars registered were grey, with second place going to black, with a 19.9% market share, and third place going to white, with a 17.4% share.

However, while grey was also the most popular colour for petrol and diesel cars, the SMMT reports that white was the most popular choice for battery EVs, while black was the most popular colour for plug-in hybrids.

The overall chart had blue as the fourth most popular colour, with a 16.9% market share, and red in fifth with 9%.

The top ten was completed by silver (7.5%), orange (1.3%), green (0.9%), yellow (0.4%), and bronze (0.1%).

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "2020 was a pretty dark year for the automotive industry and having grey as the top new car colour probably reflects the atmosphere. 

"The sector, however, continues to provide valuable mobility, from vans delivering essential goods to private cars helping key workers do their jobs, and click and collect offers a lifeline for the industry, helping to keep manufacturing going. 

"It cannot, however, replace the showroom experience and the sector has taken great steps to ensure dealers are Covid-secure with the flexibility to manage customer appointments so car buyers can choose a new car and colour in a safe environment."