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Blue Booming, Red Rising: Car Colour Trends of 2015-2016

Blue Booming, Red Rising: Car Colour Trends of 2015/16

There are the staple colours that you’ll find consistently  throughout the lifecycle of any car – black, white, silver, red, blue being the most common – then there are the more interesting hues  that come and go with each updated model or new vehicle.

The CarAdvice 2015 Best Price survey data shows that 77.6 per cent of buyers prefer monochromatic shades while blue is gaining traction and red is not as hot as it used to be.

Muted neutrals have made an appearance as well as an extended range of reds, almost pastel blues, golden tones and two-toned works of art.

At the other end of the spectrum we’ve seen yellows brighter than  Big Bird and greens that would make Shrek and Kermit look ill.

It feels like there’s never been a brighter variety of colours to choose from, with something to suit every personality.

For that 22.4 per cent who like to stand out from the crowd here are my favourite colour trends for the 2015/16 season.

  1. Nature Calling

From the Australian coastline to the  Red Centre, there are plenty of colour options reminiscent of the natural beauty of our great country… and also of a Colorbond roofing catalogue.

The Suzuki Vitara is now offered in  three new colours – Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic, Horizon Orange Metallic and Savannah Ivory Metallic.

Though all fit the Nature Calling theme, our pick is Savanna Ivory Metallic: it embodies both the sandy shoreline and plains of dry grass in one.

Car Colour Trends of 2015 2016 suzuki

  1. Champagne Tastes

From gold to almost pink, champagne hues have been a popular flavour of late.

The 2016 Infiniti Q30  was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in a show-stopping colour called Liquid Copper, a pinky-orangey-gold  that shone under the lights.

Car Colour Trends of 2015 2016 Infiniti Q30

  1. Two-Faced

Personalisation is the new black. Suzuki, Range Rover, Citroen and more offer a range of choices including different body and roof colour combinations, livery and graphics features.

Few stood out as strongly this year as the two-tone  Peugeot 208 GTi  30th Anniversary Edition. A textured, almost solid black at the front and a glossy, lacquered red at the rear.

Car Colour Trends of 2015 2016 Peugeot

  1. Feeling Blue

Blue has been one of the hottest trends, with manufacturers exploring deep yet bright shades like the Range Rover Sport SVR in Estoril Blue (BMW also had a blue by the same name, after the F1 circuit in Portugal), or the Lexus GS F in Ultrasonic Blue Mica, while the  HSV Clubsport R8 LSA Tourer  turned a few heads.

But the lighter, more solid colours have been interesting, too. There were so many to choose from.

The  Porsche 911 Carrera S in Miami Blue channels clear skies and pristine beaches, it looks like a holiday on wheels.

Car Colour Trends of 2015 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera

5. Seeing Red

The most recognised red in the world would have to be Ferrari‘s Rosso Corsa.

There are a couple of other reds that are also instantly recognisable like the iconically Aussie Holden Commodore VFII SS-V Redline that looks fantastic in Some Like It Hot Red.

Car Colour Trends of 2015 2016 Holden

  1. Beautiful  Browns

Personally, I’m not a fan of the various brown tones on offer.  However it seems to be something  a lot of manufacturers continue to push ahead with.

The  Volkswagen Amarok in Toffee Brown Metallic looks like melted chocolate.

Car Colour Trends of 2015 2016 Volkswagen

7.  Greyer Than Gandalf

This is a trend that is  quietly sticking around, not really taking off but unique enough to be a point of difference.

That elephant grey that seems to blend into both the city skyline and into the stormy sky.

Maybe that’s the point… given that the colour of the dark grey  Ford Focus ST  is called Stealth.

Car Colour Trends of 2015 2016 Ford Focus

  1. Summer Sunshine

We were able to drive a lot of bright yellow cars throughout the year, the Hyundai Veloster  and  Honda S660  among them.

One that put a bit of a smile on our faces though was the  Audi TT S Coupe  in Vegas Yellow.

But I couldn’t go past the  Mercedes-AMG GT S  in AMG Solarbeam Metallic either.

Car Colour Trends of 2015 2016 Mercedes

And finally, here’s our picks for the standout bright colours that almost burned our retinas.

Lexus RC350 F Sport  in Lava Mica.

Car Colour Trends of 2015 2016 Lexus

Renault Trafic L1H1  in Bamboo Green.

Car Colour Trends of 2015 2016 Renault

Citroen C4 Cactus  in Hero Yellow.

Car Colour Trends of 2015 2016 Citroen

BMW 125i  in Valencia Orange.

Car Colour Trends of 2015 2016 BMW

Written by Tegan Lawson

Tegan Lawson is the Lifestyle writer and Motoring Expert for The Carousel. Tegan produces in-depth interviews and reviews and helps readers make the best choice for their next car purchase.

Tegan got her first taste of motorsports journalism working for a regional newspaper. She was still a student at the University of Southern Queensland but was moonlighting patrolling the pits at the Leyburn sprints and heading to the drags, as well as working trackside at the Queensland Raceway V8 supercar rounds in the early 2000s. With petrol firmly in her blood, these early days spawned her love of all things automotive.

Her driving career as a 17 year-old began with the unique experience of a Suzuki Carry Van that was quickly upgraded to a more image-appropriate Holden Barina.

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