Ford Fiesta (Euro-spec) – Click above for high-res image gallery
It's not likely that white, black and silver will be dethroned as the most popular color for vehicles in all the universe (have you ever seen a spaceship painted orange? We haven't either). That said, we're all for offering a diverse palette of hues when it comes to car colors. Ford is touting the popularity of non-monochromatics with some interesting stats: nearly 40 percent of people who have bought the F-150 SVT Raptor so far have chosen "Molten Orange" (blue, white and black are their other choices) and 2010 Mustangs decked out in "Grabber Blue" have grabbed 10% of Ford's pony car sales so far.
With that in mind, Ford has confirmed that "Bright Magenta" and "Lime Squeeze" will be two colors available for the 2011 Fiesta when it goes on sale next year in the U.S. You should be familiar with these two paint jobs by now, as
FORD SEES DEMAND FOR HOT HUES; 2011 FIESTA TO LAUNCH WITH BOLD NEW COLORS
- Bold colors with fun names are appearing more and more in consumer products, offering consumers more individuality while bucking the traditional wisdom that conservative colors dominate in a recession
- While black, white and silver still remain top choices, Ford is seeing strong U.S. sales of new vehicles offered in bright colors – like "Grabber Blue" and "Molten Orange"
- Fiesta will arrive on American shores next year, offering two bold color choices: "Bright Magenta" and "Lime Squeeze"
Ford is experiencing the trend, too, with high demand for vehicle colors such as the 2010 Mustang in "Grabber Blue" and the F-150 SVT Raptor in "Molten Orange." When the 2011 Ford Fiesta goes on sale next summer, consumers will have bright colors to choose from, including "Bright Magenta" and "Lime Squeeze."
"Brilliant colors are transforming the norms in how we think about all sorts of products, allowing people to express individuality more and more through the electronics they use and the cars they drive," said Susan Swek, Ford group chief designer, Color and Materials Design. "Color is a simple way to allow people to add a personal touch to their everyday lives – something that speaks to them and expresses a little of their personality."
In the U.S. already, Ford is seeing strong sales for cars in brilliant colors:
• Nearly four in 10 (39 percent) customers purchasing the new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor are choosing "Molten Orange."
• New "Grabber Blue" Ford Mustangs are exceeding sales projections, accounting for roughly 10 percent of total 2010 Mustang sales so far
The Ford Fiesta is coming to the United States with even bolder colors after seeing drivers around the globe gravitate to a palette of brilliant hues:
• In Asia, Fiesta buyers' third most favorite color (15 percent of sales) is an eye-popping blue called "Vision," followed by the lime green "Squeeze" (11 percent) with the top selling color being "Moondust Silver." In China, nearly three in 10 (28 percent) Fiestas purchased are "Passion Orange," making it far and away the favorite choice.
• Right behind "Panther Black" and "Silver", Europeans are selecting "Hot Magenta" and "Vision" as their third and fourth most favorite colors, each accounting for about 10 percent of sales across Europe.
In fact, for the first time with any Ford vehicle in Europe, Fiesta buyers are saying that vehicle color was among the top 10 reasons for purchasing the car, according to Ford research.
Since May, 100 Fiesta agents have traveled more than 800,000 miles around the country, primarily driving "Hot Magenta" and "Squeeze" colored Fiestas as part of Ford's Fiesta Movement (www.fiestamovement.com) The Euro-spec Fiestas are turning heads with their bold colors. "Almost everywhere I go, someone comments on the color," said Fiesta agent Hilary McHone of her Squeeze-colored car. "Women love it, and some people even show me how it matches their cell phone."
McHone, a Brooklyn photographer, adds, "It makes me think of spring. There's a lot of life in it. I think people are excited about having more color options these days. It allows people to express their personalities more." McHone likes her Fiesta color so much, she had her wedding dress made this summer to match the lime green.