• Oct 16, 2008



Automotive paint supplier PPG says the color of tomorrow's car is blue. According to Jane Harrington, PPG's manager of color styling, "It's one of those colors that complements vehicle shapes... It's a globally acceptable color. It doesn't have any bad connotations."

The company studies trends in fashion, interior design, and consumer products to predict the tastes of fickle consumers. PPG isn't the only company predicting more blue sheetmetal on our roads and highways. An April report by chemicals giant DuPont also predicted a resurgence in the color, adding it was influenced by ecological concepts such as the sky and water. Consumers in 2008 apparently haven't caught on to the new "blue" trend yet. So far, 20 percent of the cars sold this year have been silver ("A neutral color that works on just about any car," says Harrington). White is second (18 percent), followed by black (17 percent) and red (13 percent). Although blue may be the new green, most consumers will still stick with black, white, and silver -- core colors that are always offered on nearly every vehicle.

[Source: AP via Google News, photo by Magic Super Toys]



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      Pam
      • 6 Years Ago
      My son just bought a 1995 Camaro Z28 in a very deep,dark purple. It is stunning!. He gets more compliments on his car. . .
      • 6 Years Ago
      Orange is the next big color.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Own a blue car...you'll be sorry. Shows scratches, dirt, and fades more than most colors.

      Silver's boring..but it holds up better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nothing beats black though. A person should buy black only if the car is going to be hand-washed. Otherwise swirl marks show up in just a few months. I think metallic gray is a good compromise between the blandness of silver and the high maintenance of black. No points for guessing the color of my car :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Blue was very popular back in the 1960s--had a silver blue '63 Valiant and a '68 Dodge Charger in a medium/bright blue metalic, too.

      I like silver because it doesn't show dust and most dirt. I don't have a convenient place to wash my car, so having a color that looks clean for a couple of months is best for me. Silver is ideal IMO.
      Dagi
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've had many different colored vehicles throughout my life and found white to be the easiest to take care of in a very dusty and hot climate. So white is what I have been sticking with for several years now since it doesn't show the dirt so easily and the paint on my car after 15 years still looks new; of course a little care helps too. I would love to have other colors, but am just not ready for all the extra work and don't like how everything shows on the paint job since I live in a very dusty environment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Since when is grey called sillver?

      I'm proud owner of 2007 Mazda3 in standard "Phantom Blue". It changes between being more bluish and more greeinsh with hints of purple - depending on amount, intensity, angle of light AND which part of the car you're looking at. Sometimes at night I hear the witnesses contradicting each other.... :-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        This was my favorite color and it annoyed me that the Mazda6, which was available in Phantom Blue in just about every market in the world except North America, only featured Bright Island Blue when I was buying. Phantom Blue looked sharp on the RX-8 as well, but my sister chose, yes, Sunlight Silver. Violet Gray (aka Stormfront Gray on some models) was cool, though, a darkish gray with burgundy/purple tones depending on the angle of the reflected light.

        All "silver" paint is really gray, but that doesn't sound as nice or rich. Sunlight Gray, e. g., just makes no sense.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm glad blue is the future cool color. If I could, I'd only buy blue cars. I currently have a dark blue one and it's one of my favorite colors. I'm having another car re-painted a very, very dark Ferrari blue.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Best looking car I ever owned was a 67 Camaro RS that was midnight blues
      • 6 Years Ago
      After having a Cherokee and then Silver car, my next car needs to be White, Black or Red.
      Eleanor
      • 6 Years Ago
      Blue is pretty, but silver does not show the dirt. You can go for months with out it looking dirty and needing washed. If I ever need another I would still try for another silver car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what car is in this picture?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I believe it's a Bugatti Type 57 Atlantique. But I'm more interested in whose art it is. I this a Cleworh? Can I afford to get a print of it, like NOW?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Silver is the most popular color thats why My jeep is Red.I have been with people who cant find their own vehicle because the parking lot is a SEA of silver.Me No problem I can spot mine a block away !
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