Grey remained the UK's favourite new car colour in 2019, having reached the top spot for the first time in 2018, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The number of grey cars registered in the year rose 5.3% to 521,273 and meant an increased market share for the colour with 22.6% sold painted grey.

Black and white rounded out the top three colours of the paint chart, meaning 60.7% of all new cars joining British roads in 2019 were shades of monochrome, although registrations of black cars were down 2.4% and white cars down 4.1%.

The top 10 was largely unaltered year on year, save for the reappearance in 10th place of yellow, which was knocked out in 2018 by beige.

With the overall new car market down 2.4% in 2019 to 2.3m units, just grey and turquoise increased their numbers in the 12 months, the latter up 29.3% with 2,358 registrations. Silver, which has been in the top three 16 times in the last two decades, posted its lowest number of registrations for 20 years, with 201,008 models ordered in the colour.

Grey remained consistently the favourite choice across the UK in 2019, apart from in Scotland and the Channel Islands, where white was the preferred hue. Nationwide, meanwhile, the least popular colours were maroon, cream and pink, combined taking less than 1% of all registrations.

There were different tastes on show at opposite ends of the market – the smallest cars in the mini segment were more likely to be white, while executive and luxury saloon cars were more commonly found in black. Diesel and petrol drivers tended to opt for grey, but the most popular colour for zero emission battery electric vehicles was white.

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