White is the UK’s favourite new car colour

February 2, 2015 | By | In News

If you decided to purchase a white car last year, you’re certainly not alone. New research out from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows white has seen a resurgence in popularity and is now the UK’s colour of choice for new cars.

Of the 2,476,435 new cars registered in 2014, almost a quarter (22.2 per cent) were white. In 2010, white cars accounted for just under 10 per cent of new car registrations, making it the sixth most popular car colour, with black and silver cars the best-selling. In 2005, less than 1 per cent of the UK’s new car buyers chose white.

Unsurprisingly, the UK’s favourite car, the Ford Fiesta, was also the most popular car to have in white with 25,845 models purchased last year.

White became the UK’s most popular choice in 2013, but for many years it was one of the least-favoured choices of car colour. Demand for white cars shot up in the past few years, growing from 1.1 per cent in 2007 to 20.9 per cent in 2012.

In 2014, black cars took second place followed by grey, taking 19 per cent and 14 per cent of the market respectively. Silver has dropped down the ranks, the second most popular colour in 2010 with almost a quarter of registrations, it’s now in sixth place, accounting for 13 per cent of the total new car market.

One potential reason for the popularity of white is that it normally doesn't cost any extra, unlike bold metallic hues, with recession-hit motorists opting to look trendy and save cash at the same time.

What colour do you have in mind for your next car? Let us know in the comments section below.

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