• Oct 28, 2006
Silver has been the most popular color on cars for the past six years, and the godfathers of paint at PPG predict it will remain the king for quite some time. This fact doesn't stop these connoisseurs of color from searching for the next contender of silver's throne. On Thursday, PPG showed off its official color palette of 110 concept colors at its studio in Troy, MI, and revealed it expects more natural colors like brown, green, blue and gold will become popular by the end of the decade, when colors automakers choose today actually go into production.

It's a tough gig trying to predict what hues will be hot three years out, so PPG tracks high fashion, architecture, and consumer goods to get a bead on future color trends. As always, new technology also continues to change the color wheel. Paint additives called effect pigments are increasingly being used to change the make-up of paint. For example, some may remember the optional "Mystichrome" paint offered as an option on the 2004 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra. It contained aluminum flakes and mica and was applied using a different process than normal. The effect was a paint job that shifted color from a metallic topaz to cobalt blue to royal purple to deep onyx black. Trick paint like that, along with more natural tones, is in our future, but silver will not soon be supplanted as our most preferred paint.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw what seemed like Black on a Mercedes ,but upon closer inspection the light on the car revealed that it had a sort of deep dark blue in it .It just highlighted the design lines of the car perfectly.Very sophisticated ,rich and sporty.Haven't seen it since.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dealer Managers stock lots with silver because it is a safe color.
      People buy silver because thats whats available.
      Dealer Managers think "wow, good for me to order silver, they seem to sell." Then orders more silver.
      Then the cycle goes on.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Trick paint like that is just annoying... From one angle (to the car), you see all different colors, because of the different angles of each surface, and the car looks like some drunken idiot painted it all different colors. It's a cool trick, but i don't actually think it looks good at all...
      -Taylor
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hell I actually looked for a silver car the last time I went shopping, for good reason. I owned a black truck while my girlfriend had a silver car. To keep mine looking good I had to wash it at least once a week, and even that didn't keep up with the rain spots, pollen, and dust. Meanwhile, she has literally gone 2+ years without a carwash and from twenty feet away you'd never know it, the dirt and stuff just doesn't show at all. Granted there's some other colors that act similarly, but I'd rather drive silver and keep more of my Saturday afternoons away from the hose and bucket.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree Richard and iQuack (for once). I actually have a couple friends who are waiting for their cars to come on. One is a Mazda3 which I think is supposed to be blue and the other is a Civic (not sure about the color). They were hesitant at first and were just gonna take whatever was on the lot but I told them to wait the WHOPPING two months because I know they will be a lot happier with THEIR choice.

      Stop playing the blame game people. Dont bitch and moan because you arent patient.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, silver Honda Accords are everywhere, but if the only complaint about something is that it's common, so what?

      It's boring too...LOL
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ramsport47 can't stop LOL because Honda Accords bore him. And what's a Ram Sport? A Dodge truck! Talk about dull as dishwater! Any Dodge truck is as sharp as a bowling ball.
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      With respect to boring Honda Accords:

      If boring means comfortable, safe, trouble-free, plenty of power, economical on gas, crisp handling and ride control, excellent interior fittings, and high resale value, then that kind of "boring" suits me fine.

      Oh, I still can't believe it--a Dodge truck is fascinating. Really?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would love a brown car. A brown BMW 550i or Brown Porsche 911. Thats a head turner.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My last two purchases were silver. I did not want it to be but had no choice. In the summer of 2001 I bought a Honda S2000. I asked for suzuka blue. They did not have it. They told me 4 months wait. However the dealer had ordered 3 S2000 two in silver 1 in black sitting there. I called around and no one had a blue. I then decided on red, no luck there either. I bought the silver reluctantly.

      Last year traded the S2000 and the wife a mercedes C350 sedan. Only thing at any dealership was silver, black, and one white. Mercedes offers 14 colors for the C-Class, but dealers would only stock silver basically. So we grudgingly bought another Silver car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have no doubt that the Ram Sport with the Hemi drives well. If used for hauling, it makes sense.

      But most "city trucks" I see have nothing in them except some fat dude wearing a baseball cap and there's nothing in the truck's bed but air.

      In any case, performance is still better with a CAR.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Devil makes people buy red cars.
      It's the truth!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Shak: Really? I just bought a TSX in red (very, very similar to the red on the A4) and my insurance company (State Farm) didn't even ask me what color the car was. Other insurance agents I've talked to have said the color doesn't matter.

      I traded in a silver Saturn when I got the TSX. It was grey on the inside, too. Good riddance to that color combination! I need something a little more distinctive, and I've always liked how sport sedans look in a nice red. My second choice was a medium blue; I don't like dark blue all that much. I could have done the dark "carbon grey", which has just a hint of purple in it, but why bother?
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