Most cars are grey, blue or black

31/03/2009 15:00

Most Dutch cars are either grey, blue or black. These are the most common colours on 1 January 2008. Only one third of Dutch cars have different colours. Classic cars – older than 25 years – have a wider range of colours than new ones.

Passenger cars by colour, 1 January

Passenger cars by colour, 1 January

Grey, blue and black cars dominate the streets

On 1 January last year, 7.4 million cars passenger cars were registered in the Netherlands. Grey was the most common colour. There were 2 million cars in the Netherlands in various tones of grey, 1.6 million were blue and nearly 1.3 million were black.

Since 2000, the share of grey and black cars has risen strongly, while the share of red, green and white cars was reduced further. The share of blue cars was stable over the past eight years.

Age of cars by colour, 2008

Age of cars by colour, 2008

Classic cars more colourful

The distribution of colours is different for classic cars. The three most frequent colours for cars older than 25 years are red, green and blue. The other half of the more than 215 thousand classic cars chiefly consists of white, grey, yellow, brown and beige cars.

Hermine Molnár- in ‘t Veld