The UK’s favourite car colour: Past and Present

It’s official: black has returned as the nation’s favourite car colour. A report by the SMMT in January 2018 confirmed the news, with 515,970 new registrations reported last year, representing a 20.3% market share. The findings show a 0.2% increase from 2016 and this is expected to rise further in the coming years. Grey also showed some improvements, taking the second place slot with a 2.4% increase compared to 2016. White cars were shown to be losing out, with a 1.5% decrease in market share with just 482,099 new registrations.

So, how has the UK’s most popular car colour changed over the decades? Used car specialists Grange are here to investigate:

Our favourite car colours through time:

Let’s start by taking a look at the top five most popular car colours in the UK according to the SMMT and comparing them to the most popular colours of 2007 and 1997:

2017

Rank Colour Number of cars Market share (%)
1 Black 515,970 20.3
2 Grey 500,714 19.7
3 White 482,099 19.0
4 Blue 405,758 16.0
5 Silver 254,192 10.0

 

2007

Rank Colour Number of cars Market share (%)
1 Blue 7,522,576 24
2 Silver 7,345,841 24
3 Red 4,497,237 14
4 Black 3,975,773 13
5 Green 2,948,959 9

 

1997

Rank Colour Number of cars Market share (%)
1 Red 6,733,640 26
2 Blue 6,284,838 25
3 White 3,561,778 14
4 Green 2,275,329 9
5 Silver 2,068,196 8

 

Exploring the findings:

The three tables above show that black has been steadily increasing in popularity for a while now. In fact, black didn’t even make the list in 1997, meaning that black has rapidly climbed up the rankings.

When reporting on the most popular car colours of 2017, the SMMT noted that black did not rank in the top five until 1998. From 1998 until 2001 however, it was the fifth most popular colour for registrations, before jumping up the ranks to become the third most popular colour from 2002-2005. Black was the second most popular colour from 2006-2008, before finally taking the number one spot from 2009-2012 and then again in 2017 (it fell to the number two position again in 2013 and 2016).

It would seem that grey may be one to watch however, especially in terms of the Land Rover Barnet ever since the tone took the second place position last year, despite not being in the top five in either 1997 or 2007.

The SMMT did record that grey was the fifth most popular colour for new registrations in 2003, before rising to fourth place from 2004-2013 without hinderance. Grey rose once more to take up the third place spot from 2014-2016 and is now just one place behind black in the popularity rankings. This rise in popularity is comparable to how black rose in popularity across the decades.

When looking at the charts above, you may be wondering what happened to the colour red when it comes to choosing a car colour? In 1997, red was the most popular tone for all cars in the UK, yet it didn’t rank at all in 2017. Data shows that red was in sixth place, with 251,104 new registrations and a 9.9% market share – this represents the first time that red hasn’t placed in the top five since 2012!

There will certainly be some colours which stand the test of time however, due to people associating them with certain brands of car – even if their numbers do fall.

Despite the decline in popularity of the colour red in the UK, many people still think of this colour whenever someone mentions Ferrari. This shouldn’t come as a surprise though – Ferrari has previously stated that a huge 85% of all Ferraris made in the early 1990s were requested with red liveries.

How many of our readers would select a new Aston Martin in silver? This shade has historically been associated with cars made by this British car manufacturer, in part thanks to the Aston Martin DB8 having Silver Birch paint and being driven by our favourite secret agent, James Bond, in many films.

Sources:

https://www.smmt.co.uk/2018/01/black-back-uks-favourite-new-car-colour/

https://www.smmt.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/Motor-Industry-Facts-2008.pdf

https://auto.ferrari.com/en_EN/news-events/news/more-than-just-red/

How to save Money on Your Driving lessons

It can be easy to look at intensive driving lesson sets such as a one week driving course and think that it will be more expensive than a regular set of lessons. You may feel that because you get to do more lessons closer together that it will be more expensive but this is very often not the case.

Firstly some intensive driving courses are cheaper because you will be offered a discount on a bulk set of lessons. It is therefore worth checking whether there is a course like that near you as it could really help to keep the costs down. Continue reading “How to save Money on Your Driving lessons”

Best countries when planning a Driving Holiday

OSV Ltd has done some research to find out which country is the best for a driving experience. Their joint company director, Debbie Kirkley explained that now is around the time when people are starting to plan holidays. Debbie said that as so many people enjoy driving holidays they came up with a list of the top ten places for driving. They used a number of factors and scaled countries on those.

The factors they used included pollution & congestion, fuel prices, road deaths per 1,000 capita, road quality and driving rules enforcement. Adding up the scores for these allowed them to come up with a ranking of countries with regards to how friendly they are for drivers. Continue reading “Best countries when planning a Driving Holiday”

Auto-Sleepers for sale

Perhaps you’ve seen some advertisements for pre-used Auto-Sleepers for sale and are wondering whether this route is for you.

Let’s look objectively at some of the pros and cons associated with purchasing used as opposed to new Auto-Sleepers motorhomes.

Cost savings

For many people, this is a prime motivator when looking for used Auto-Sleepers motorhomes.

It’s an understandable assumption that there might potentially be some interesting savings over purchasing one new.

The good news is, that’s correct! There are some potentially excellent deals out there on Auto-Sleepers vehicles that are in good used condition.  Continue reading “Auto-Sleepers for sale”

Choosing a Luxury SUV

If you have always liked the idea of driving an SUV, but been scared away by the purchase price or running costs, now could be the perfect time to get over your fears and collect the car you’ve always dreamed of.

For one thing, advances in engine technology mean that they are no longer the gas-guzzling behemoths they once were, destroying your bank balance as rapidly as the planet with their unquenchable thirst. These days, the modern, efficient and cleaner diesel engines are capable of at least 50mpg, something that would have seemed impossible a decade ago.

But it is not just the running costs that are reduced. These are expensive motor cars, yet shop around and you can lease an Evoque or a BMW X3 for less money than you believed possible. Of course, there are other benefits to a lease deal beyond financial convenience. Choose the right package, and you can have all your servicing costs taken care of, too.

With the finances all under control, that only leaves one question to be answered – which of these iconic SUVs will you choose to park on your driveway? Let’s put them side by side and take a look. Continue reading “Choosing a Luxury SUV”

How to Improve your Journey by Using Great Apps

There are so many of us these days that carry Smartphones with us everywhere and it means that we are able to use all sorts of apps that can help our lives to be easier. Some may help us to keep in touch with people others give us information and some entertain us. This means that there is almost something for everyone and for every situation.

YourParkingSpace has done some research into the various driving apps, which can help journeys to be more pleasurable. They may improve efficiency and speed of travel as well which can be really useful. They looked at apps designed for drivers but also at those they thought would be useful for passengers as well. A summary of the apps that they found follows below.

Apps for Drivers:

WAZE

Waze APp

Waze is traffic app which is updated by people on the road. This means that is continuously updated with information about accidents, hazards and congestion on the roads. The app uses this information to give the driver the quickest possible route to their destination. There is also the option to compare fuel prices so that they know where to fill up to save money. The app community keep it up to date, not only improving travel information but also the maps. They even make improvements to the user interface based on feedback from the users. There are millions of people using the app and sharing information proving drivers with the most up to date routes. Continue reading “How to Improve your Journey by Using Great Apps”

6 Challenges Facing the Parking Industry

Engineering the perfect parking system takes a lot of initiative. Before long, several insurmountable challenges will present themselves. But the best in the business know how to overcome these challenges. First, we must understand them though.

Let’s look at six clear challenges we are facing in the development of better parking systems around the world.

  1. Web Access

Global web access is a dream that will perhaps one day be recognised.

But until then, we can’t always be sure that Wi-Fi is available wherever we go. The absence of freely available Wi-Fi poses several car parking barriers.

  • Mobile parking apps cannot function on phones without a web connection
  • Pre-booking isn’t possible without web access
  • Location software will not work without mobile web access
  • Electronic payments are rendered inoperable without a connection

As the internet becomes more and more accessible around the world, these issues will become negligible. But until then they remain challenging within the parking industry.

  1. Generational Gaps

Believe it or not, but there is a downside to super-fast-moving technology. People can’t always keep up. When something changes, some people get uncomfortable. “What was wrong with the old way?”

Since the point of upgrading a parking system is convenience, it stands to reason that this should be the ultimate goal—even for the older generation. If older people who are not technologically savvy don’t understand a new parking system, the establishment will lose out on a massive demographic.

In some ways, older people determine whether a general area is ready for advanced technology. If it’s too advanced, some areas simply aren’t ready to implement them yet. You could call this a technological delay, which is one of the challenges facing the parking industry today. Continue reading “6 Challenges Facing the Parking Industry”