Like Canadian figure skating perfection gone awry, silver was the top color for automobiles in 2001.
The Dupont Color Popularity Report, which has tracked color trends for 50 years, says that silver swept the top spot in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The figures, which actually reflect the 2001 market, show the rising influence of technology in our lives.
“Sophisticated automotive styling cues, such as the color silver, express the technology-driven lifestyles of today’s consumers,” said Robert S. Daily, color styling and marketing manager for DuPont Herberts Automotive Systems, the OEM coatings unit of DuPont Automotive. “We’re seeing new vehicle designs with clean lines and sharp edges that are enhanced by silver.”
In the North American market, the notable changes are silver’s rise to become the top color choice in the luxury category, while remaining dominant in the full/intermediate and sport/compact segments. Silver remains the second most popular color in the SUV/truck/van segment, but is fast becoming a contender for the lead.
Blue is gaining strength in North America in both metallic and solid versions for sport/compact and luxury vehicles. Blues with reddish tints are gaining popularity in smaller performance-oriented cars, while gray/blues are covering larger vehicles.
An ongoing retro-trend also is apparent, with the rise of yellow as a top 12 color over the past two years, with continued gains predicted for 2002. It is seen in pale shades and soft golden metallics for sport luxury vehicles, with stronger hues adding emphasis to sporty cars and light trucks.
The move to a “heritage look” through classic colors such as yellow may be driven by consumers’ need to connect with comfortable traditions while still embracing a bit of optimism, according to Daily. More recent trends include the emphasis in the U.S. on red, white and blue, which were in the top five for three of four vehicle categories.