Home Cars Car colour trends for 2016/17

Car colour trends for 2016/17


2016 has wrapped up and it’s time to look back on the kaleidoscope of cars that have rolled through the  garage. MY17 models have been flooding in already, offering up fun new colours and finishes. Let’s take a look.

We’ve seen myriad hues, from bright and bold, through to more shades of brown and grey than we ever thought possible. White is rarely just white these days, with crystal, pearl and ivory effects taking centre stage – and navy is the new black… for now.

Everyone has a personal preference when it comes to car colours and, amongst the  staff, some of the new colours were hot topics of discussion and polarised opinion.

We know that over the years the most popular new car colour choices have consistently been monochromatic, and that trend has continued in 2016.

According to our Best Price data, just over 75 per cent of respondents prefer white, grey, black and silver. That still means almost 25 per cent are willing to be a bit more adventurous, and there were a few surprises in the 2016 results.


Last year it was interesting to see 10 per cent of survey respondents would choose blue, with red not far behind at 9 per cent.

This trend flipped in 2016, with red officially the most popular colour and up 30 per cent on 2015. Blue is now trailing slightly behind, but still trending higher than the previous year.


Orange and yellow have gone from hot to not, both dropping significantly while green is so last year, down almost 60 per cent.

The colour brown is not always associated with a pleasant surprise, but in this case it is. Chocolate-inspired shades, though still only preferred by a small fraction of survey respondents, are up a massive 238 per cent.


While our own observations certainly match the data, we’ve noticed a few other trends as well. Satin finishes seem to have run their course, regardless of what Mercedes-Benz says. Given it’s now available on a Hyundai, it’s no longer haute couture and perhaps it’s time for a new signature style.

Beautiful pearly whites have been abundant, particularly at the premium end of the spectrum. Here’s a fun fact: both the cheapest and most expensive colours on the Audi SQ7 are white, the pricey option being a crystal effect that costs $5600.

Navy, so dark it’s almost black, has been a welcome change, as has the re-birth of maroon.

And, despite the fact they’re out of favour with buyers, there have been some stunning citrus shades and beautiful blues too. Not to mention shades of red that set our hearts on fire.

Here’s our favourite car colour trends for 2016/17.

1. Endless shades of grey

Not to be mistaken for classic silver – the new way of going grey may have taken a while to warm up, but it seems the trend is here to stay. We’re seeing more dark grey rather than the pale, cement-like shades we saw so much of last year. 2016/17 brought us some interesting interpretations.

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is finished in Mountain Grey Metallic, which gives it an almost ethereal glow.


The 2017 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo in Steel Grey carries on the pale trend of recent years.


There were heated discussions over whether the Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet pictured below was blue or grey. The colour may be called Graphite Blue Metallic but it’s still a blue-inspired twist on grey.


2. Sky high

These intense, bright hues evoke thoughts of the Cookie Monster, Caribbean seas and blue skies. Though blue isn’t quite as popular as red right now, we’ve still seen some amazing shades lately.

The Italian brand may be known for its iconic reds, but the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider in Blue Corsa looks spectacular and is a $22,000 option. Ouch, but totally worth it.


The 2016 BMW M2 looks amazing in Long Beach Blue. The hero metallic colour is a $1485 option.


One of the coolest colour names of the year would have to be this one. The 2017 Ford Focus RS comes in this eye-catching blue called Nitrous.


3. Chocolate binge

Many manufacturers are exploring the not-so-colourful world of brown. While personally I’m not a fan, these shades are certainly more appealing than the colour of the old Holden Kingswood station wagon my family had when I was growing up.

With cool undertones and a bronze sheen, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 looks great in Titanium Flash Mica.


This 2017 Haval H6 is finished in Bronze. Not the most inventive name… but self-explanatory.


The all-new 2017 Holden Astra comes in some funky colours (with funky names), including this one called Coconut.


4. Citrus crush

Despite our data showing a decline in the number of people who would choose yellow or orange cars, we spotted some cracking colours this year. You can’t miss these on the road!

The aptly named Attract Yellow certainly draws attention to the 2016 Honda Jazz.


The hero colour of the 2016 Range Rover Evoque convertible is a beautiful orange premium metallic shade called Phoenix Orange.


The ‘Beast from the East’ returns. The 2017 Nissan GT-R has been updated and is shown below in Blaze Metallic.


5. Maroon fever

The battle between the Blues and Maroons has bled into the car industry, with the dark red tones making a strong comeback in 2016/17.

From deep cherry red to more traditional brownish-maroons, we expect to see more of this trend in coming years.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport glows in this dark red finish called Terra Rossa.


Another colour that manages to throw a mix of red and maroon is the 2017 Infiniti QX30‘s Magnetic Red.


Available in either the brighter Italian Racing Red, or the deeper Odyssey Red, the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace manages to pull off good looks in a range of colours.


6. In the Navy

We’ve seen a lot of dark cars this year that look black until the light catches them, resulting in an explosion of colour thanks to pearlescent or mica particles. Navy is the new black, it seems. Here are a few that really stood out.

The hotly-anticipated 2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence arrived in Magic Blue Metallic.


We’ve seen a number of Toyota models in this dark blue guise. Below is the 2016 Toyota Kluger in Dynamic Blue.


The contours of the 2016 Hyundai Veloster pop in Blue Sprinter.


7. Stark contrast

Contrasting roof colours, mirror caps, racing lines, decals and even Airbumps on a Citroen Cactus; customisation options are still widely available.

MG Motor relaunched in Australia in 2016 and the MG3 is offered in a range of colours with contrasting roof options and decals galore. Below is the 2017 MG3 in Manchester Red with a white roof.


The 2016 Suzuki Vitara is available in a range of vibrant colours, including Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic with a black roof.


The 2016 Mini John Cooper Works convertible is hard to miss in Chili Red with a black roof and mirror caps.


8. Red hot

We all know red cars go faster, and red will never go out of fashion. Brands including Ferrari, Mazda and Holden have iconic signature shades, but there are plenty of other manufacturers that also know how to rock the red.

The 2017 Subaru Impreza impresses in Pure Red.


BMW has its own signature scarlet called Melbourne Red, seen below on the 2017 BMW M140i.


Temptation Red is sure to be tempting for 2017 Kia Cerato buyers.


Our Favourites

Narrowing down our list for just three of each trend was almost impossible. There were so many interesting colours throughout 2016/17 and we just couldn’t leave some of these out.

Here some of the CarAdvice team’s favourites.

The 2016 Audi RS7 Sportback in Ascari Blue.


The show-stopping Aston Martin DB11 stunned onlookers when it was revealed in this deep orange dubbed Cinnabar Orange.


The one-off customised Ferrari SP275 RW Competizione shines in this gold/yellow paint, the look of which was inspired by the Ecurie Francorchamps team colour.

Is it Giallo Triplo Strato, the pearl yellow found on the 458 Speciale?


The 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS was launched in this spectacular Lava Orange.


And finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without the 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 in Arancio Borealis.




  1. Forskolin is a natural herb that originates from the mint
    family as well as is a primarily found in the roots of
    the plant Plectranthus barbatus i.e. Coleous Forskohlii.

  2. While there are many nutritional supplements that have Garcinia Cambogia, most of them do
    not contain the ideal number of HCA to aid weight loss optimally, nor do these nutritional supplements have the appropriate dosage and superior quality necessary to achieve best weight-loss results.

  3. I ate when I was starving (such a novelty for me, typically eating without even being
    aware of it) and saw the weight come off nearly immediately.

    • To put it differently, instead of trying to artificially conceal hunger
      just like other products, Garcinia Cambogia extract helps to boost a general feeling of
      well being that helps those using it to be more in control of their eating habits.

      • I love it. So glad you love your new place! Maggie sounds like such a happy girl. I’m sure her and Eve would be fast friends (Eve thinks she’s a lot older than she is). Wish we lived closer to each otr!be&nhsp;

    • California can get it done if you need to specify your tips
      for that first the very first time, Locksmith in Oceanside.

      If you want to do it the next time around Florida wouldbe of wonderful help to you.

    • ある方から1949å¹´12月29日草案(竹島が日本領と明記された)のファイルを頂きました。そこで指摘されたのが、第三項には、2.があり、そこには2. All of the islands mentioned above are shown on the map attachedto the present Tr#99y. と続いており、付図があったようです。1949å¹´11月2日草案(竹島が日本領から外されると明記された)のは1a49å¹´12月29日草案(竹島が日本領と明記された)に置き換えられるので、当然その付図も置き換えられるわけですが。実は&e12289;には1. しかないのですが&#1228t;確かに、右下に2. Allとあり、その次に続く文章があることがわかります。塚本氏の1994論文にも、確かに付図のあることが翻訳されています。

  4. The Patriot Act of 2001 required the Treasury to either problem rules on anti-money
    laundering controls and reporting of suspicious activity by real estate professionals or allow an exemption.

    • Try your hand within walking range of our motel in CA or perform the tables at Sea’s Eleven Casino.
      Bring the youngsters on a thrilling trip to Legoland, featuring joy
      rides, waterslides and Sea-Life Carlsbad Tank, just 10 minutes away.

      • Victoria, ya comenté en algunas ocasiones por aquí, que mi inglés no es el mejor. Así que pido disculpas, sobre todo si tus alumnos se puedan viciar viendo errores en mis traducciones. No obstante, si me echas un cable con ésta canción, te estaré gratamente agao[ecidr.Saludosd]

  5. Don supported my plans to become a realtor, and he explained that his office would give
    me the necessary training so that I really could pass the state real estate licensing examination.

  6. In simpler conditions, should you buy real estate in precisely the same year which you sell property, losses and the capital-gains will cancel
    out each other and you may be in a position to prevent taxation on the

  7. Where applicable, section 7031 bars a person from keeping or regaining
    damages for virtually any work done in connection with the arrangement for services requiring the license of a contractor unless suitable license
    was in place at all times during such efficiency.

  8. Florida law now supposes that an agent is a trade broker
    unless the agent gives notice to the customer to a single agent – even when deaaling with a different agency.

  9. The kinds and shapes of jewelry in historical Greece such as the
    armring (thirteenth century BC), brooch (10th century BC) and pins (7th century BC), have diversified broadly for the reason that Bronze Age as
    nicely. Other types of jewelry include wreaths, earrings, necklace
    and bracelets.

  10. Buying at present for jewellery, whether or not on-line or anyplace else might be very dangerous and also can, current great alternatives for financial savings.
    Take notice to these wise procuring suggestions so you possibly can shop safely, within your budget, and
    with the best practices in hand.

  11. The three largest factors in local listings seem the variety of citations, the variety of reviews
    (primarily on your Google Places listing, though other
    locations do matter), as well as exactly how favorable the evaluations are total.

  12. As well as the more material you have, the more probable online search
    engine will certainly be to place even more of your site’s pages in the search index.

  13. Hello there, I found your site by way of Google while looking for a comparable topic, your web site got here up, it looks good.
    I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

    Hello there, just turned into alert to your blog thru Google,
    and located that it is really informative. I am going to watch out for brussels.
    I will be grateful in the event you proceed this in future.
    Lots of other folks shall be benefited out of your writing.

  14. Amazing blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.

    Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for
    a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..
    Any ideas? Cheers!

  15. You’re so interesting! I do not suppose I have read through a single thing like that before.
    So great to discover another person with some original thoughts on this subject.
    Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up.
    This site is one thing that is required on the web,
    someone with a little originality!

  16. Hiya very cool site!! Man .. Excellent .. Superb
    .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds
    also? I am happy to search out numerous helpful info right here in the publish, we
    need develop extra strategies in this regard, thanks for
    sharing. . . . . .

  17. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or
    copyright infringement? My blog has a lot of exclusive content I’ve
    either authored myself or outsourced but it seems
    a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without
    my permission. Do you know any techniques to help stop content from
    being stolen? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  18. Simply wish to say your article is as surprising. The clarity in your
    post is simply nice and i can assume you’re an expert on this
    subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post.
    Thanks a million and please continue the enjoyable work.

  19. Undeniably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the web the simplest thing to be aware of.

    I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people consider
    worries that they just do not know about. You managed to hit the nail
    upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects ,
    people could take a signal. Will probably be back to
    get more. Thanks

  20. Ahaa, its fastidious conversation concerning this piece of
    writing here at this website, I have read all that, so at this time me also commenting at this place.

  21. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog.

    Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?
    Either way keep up the excellent quality writing,
    it is rare to see a great blog like this one these days.

  22. Simply want to say your article is as astonishing.
    The clarity in your submit is simply nice and
    that i could assume you’re an expert on this subject.

    Well together with your permission let me to seize your feed to keep up to date with impending post.
    Thanks a million and please continue the gratifying work.

  23. Heya this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or
    if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding knowledge so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  24. I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I’m
    not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble.
    You’re wonderful! Thanks!

  25. Nice blog here! Also your site quite a bit up very fast!
    What host are you using? Can I get your associate hyperlink in your host?

    I want my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  26. Hey! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good success.
    If you know of any please share. Appreciate it!