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Black remains top car colour but white surges in popularity

Black remains top car colour but white surges in popularity


Nearly 12,000 black cars have been registered so far.

The most popular car colour during 2020 so far is black – but white is closing the gap as the year goes on.

It means that there are 6.5 million black cars on UK roads, representing about one in five of all vehicles. However, its popularity is slowing as white continues to surge, increasing by 269,314 this year to 4.5 million on the road.

Despite its increasing popularity, white takes fifth in the standings. It was beaten by silver in second (5.7m), blue (5m) and grey (5m).

Simon Williams, spokesperson for RAC Insurance, which shared the results following a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA, said:

While black continues to top the car colours popularity chart, the appeal of white is still very much on the up. In fact, today there are 1.5m more white cars on the roads than there were in 2016. It remains to be seen whether white will make its way into the top five car colours however. If it does, it will have to depose grey, blue or silver.

Grey is very much still in vogue, but silver’s appeal is waning, having shrunk in overall numbers by 340,000 in the last three years. Blue is also out of favour, with just under 90,000 fewer registered cars now on the road than the same time in 2019. But white still has some ground to make up as it’s 558,000 behind grey which currently holds fourth spot.

The least popular colour was pink, representing 22,728 new registrations, significantly more than the 19,959 pink cars registered in all of 2017.

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