50 Shades of Grey on British Roads

The Brits are buying grey cars. Not all of them are Aston Martins, though.

Drivers in the UK that were thinking the winter gloom was making the traffic ahead of them appear a little drab would have been mistaken because the view really was greyer than it used to be.

And no, it has nothing to do with the looming Brexit uncertainty either. According to research published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), more than 500,000 grey-coloured cars were sold in the UK during the year 2018, making it officially the most popular colour for new cars.

Image source: SMMT



A stunning 20% of all new registrations, in fact, were grey and almost 30% were either black or white. Just about every colour saw a decline in numbers with the exception of orange and beige (is that even a colour?). Even silver, a perennial favourite, lost its lustre and fell out of the top 5 for just about the first time ever.

The SMMT report offered no indication as to why the Brits have lost their love of colour, but perhaps they are becoming a little more Korean in their outlook as grey becomes the new black.

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