PPG Announces Most Popular Automotive Colours for 2016

White, neutral colours remain most popular globally

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$PPG #autocolor–PPG (NYSE:PPG) today released its annual automotive colour popularity
data, which reveals consumers again preferred cars with a neutral
colour. More than 75 percent of 2016 vehicles built globally were white,
black, grey or silver. (Additional materials regarding PPG’s 2016
automotive colour popularity data are available at http://newsroom.ppg.com/autocolor16.)

White remained the most popular global vehicle colour at 38 percent, up
from 35 percent last year. Black (16 percent), silver (12 percent) and
grey (10 percent) rounded out the top automotive colours worldwide. And
although PPG research found that nearly 60 percent of U.S. and European
consumers identified colour as a major factor in their vehicle-buying
decisions, the popularity of blue, green, natural and red vehicles
remained unchanged from last year.

PPG regional trend highlights from 2016 vehicle build data include:

  • North America: White (25 percent) eclipsed black and silver (tied at
    19 percent), grey (12 percent), and red and blue (tied at 10 percent).
  • South America: White (37 percent) was close to the global popularity
    level, with silver (29 percent) a strong second. Black (12 percent),
    grey (10 percent) and red (8 percent) rounded out the top five.
  • Europe: White (33 percent) was followed by grey (18 percent), black
    (16 percent), silver (10 percent), blue (8 percent), and natural and
    red (tied at 7 percent).
  • Asia Pacific: White (47 percent) led by a larger margin than in any
    other region, while black (14 percent), natural (11 percent), silver
    (10 percent) and red (7 percent) trailed.

“Although white dominates vehicle colour globally, there is more variety
in colour preferences by market and vehicle type,” said Jane Harrington,
PPG manager, colour styling, automotive original equipment manufacturer
(OEM) coatings. “For example, in North America, silver is the leading
colour for compact vehicles, while black is preferred for sports cars.
Metallic colours are popular with American and European men, while women
from those markets prefer pearlescent effects on their cars.

“These differences underscore the importance of working with our
automotive customers to develop distinctive colours and effects that
will appeal to a brand’s targeted buyer in a specific market,” she said.

Looking ahead to the 2017-2018 model years, Harrington said PPG is
seeing an increase in blue. “For instance, in our 2016 data, blue
increased by 3 percent on luxury, midsize and compact cars. Also, blue
was very noticeable the last three years at the North American
International Auto Show in Detroit. Concept vehicles and new model
reveals included the Porsche 911 Targa in Saphirblau in 2014, and the
Ford GT Super Car, Mustang, Fusion and Focus in a striking layered blue
in 2015. And at the 2016 show, the beautiful Buick Avista concept
vehicle captured the EyesOn Design award in an amazing Deep Sapphire

“Blue is a very versatile colour for the automotive market, because
subtle shifts in hue, chroma and flake appearance of a blue coating can
do a lot to enhance a vehicle’s style or distinguish a brand,”
Harrington added.

PPG Automotive Colour Palette for 2020 Models

Inspired by nature, interior and industrial design, fashion, society,
international auto shows and new pigment technology, PPG’s “Kulture”
collection for 2020 automotive models includes 70 new colours across
four colour-story trend palettes:

  • Hour Glass evokes nostalgia for classic design but is refocused
    for the contemporary world. It consists of heritage colours such as
    royal blues, olive greens, refined browns and traditional reds.
  • ES/Sense reflects the idea that “less is more,” where simple,
    pure design and living in the moment are key. The subtle pastel and
    ceramic hues in varying degrees of saturation suggest a reaction
    against overexposure to social media and technology.
  • IMpower represents a response to new ways of thinking, as well
    as new codes for design. It is a balance of extremely chromatic
    colours and complex subdued tones.
  • Biocentric unifies the pursuit of an organic lifestyle with the
    emerging trend of space exploration. It offers a palette of
    nature-inspired hues with deep galactic tones.

PPG engages a global network of more than 20 colour experts with a focus
on automotive, architectural, aerospace and consumer-products markets.
These specialists analyse design trends, consumer preferences and
priorities across regional, cultural and global markets to determine
factors that will influence future colour choices. The new colours and
palettes introduced this year for automotive manufacturers reflect
developments across these markets and influences.


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years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’
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more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.8 billion in 2015.
We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and
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