The Truth About Cars » black http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:16:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » black http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com PPG: White Most Popular In 2014, Brown On The Rise http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/ppg-white-popular-2014-brown-rise/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/ppg-white-popular-2014-brown-rise/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=956778 It’s official: White is the most popular color the world over, while the B&B’s favorite shade is making some inroads into the global palette. Per PPG, white took the gold with 28 percent among those surveyed, with black taking silver, and silver and gray sharing the bronze on the global podium. Silver is also declining […]

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It’s official: White is the most popular color the world over, while the B&B’s favorite shade is making some inroads into the global palette.

Per PPG, white took the gold with 28 percent among those surveyed, with black taking silver, and silver and gray sharing the bronze on the global podium. Silver is also declining in popularity, falling 7 percent over the past two years.

As far as brown is concerned, the color is growing popular among SUV and mid-size owners in North America, with 10 percent of all vehicles coming in brown or other natural shades such as gold, beige, yellow and orange. Meanwhile, brown and its fellow naturals fell just short of third place on the European podium, which is dominated by white, black and gray, respectively.

Looking forward to 2015, manager of color styling for automotive OEM coatings Jane E. Harrington says natural tones — like brown — will continue their rise in popularity, with more metal tones such as pewter and rose gold turning up on option sheets. Consumers will also experience so-called “high-depth” colors, tones meant to echo those seen on high-definition entertainment platforms.

Finally, if you want to know what shades your ride of choice will be wearing for 2017 and 2018, think weathered browns, urban neutrals, indigo blues and pale-washed purples.

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Piston Slap: The Last Insane Interior Color? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/piston-slap-the-last-insane-interior-color/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/piston-slap-the-last-insane-interior-color/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:53:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457902 TTAC commentator econobiker writes: Related to my comment here, the Japanese makers were early on this common car interior colors. But when did the US makers kill the goof-ball color combos? Like the white Cornithinan leather seats in a brown interior Cordoba posting the other day. Regards, econobiker Sajeev answers: Porno Red velour.  Deep Blue […]

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TTAC commentator econobiker writes:

Related to my comment here, the Japanese makers were early on this common car interior colors. But when did the US makers kill the goof-ball color combos? Like the white Cornithinan leather seats in a brown interior Cordoba posting the other day.

Regards,
econobiker

Sajeev answers:

Porno Red velour.  Deep Blue carpets.  Green dashboards.  I miss them all, son!

The Big Three rolled deep in funky colors well into the 1980s, but things changed in the 1990s.  The Chrysler LH cars, for better or worse, ushered a new era of Euro-centric interior colors for American machines: boring grey, black and tan interiors were the norm for these machines.  In fact, I only remember some goofy speckled seat fabric as the only splashes of color in 1990s Chrysler products.

GM was a different story: I remember a fair number of orangy-browns in Caddies, dark reds/blues in “bubble” Caprices and Fleetwoods…even the Corvette and certain Chevy trucks were seriously red inside…until their late 90s redesigns.

Ford was even better…or worse. 1990s Lincolns came in some seriously bizarre colors: powder blue, cream (i.e. 100% white), dark blue and even dark green (very rare, for a reason) were on the option list. The 1996 Taurus written about here was probably the last Detroit redesign to sport an odd color palette, including that bizarre dark green color.

Which leads to my answer: the 1997 Taurus’ Willow Green interior was the last insane interior option for a Detroit carmaker.** Crown Vics and Lincoln Town Cars also lost them in 1998, but they were lame ducks this year.  The Taurus was still a hot number, hence why I’m singling it out.

Best and Brightest, off to you.

**But wait, the 2002 Ford Thunderbird came in some seriously insane colors, and you can still get some interesting accent colors on Corvettes, but I chose the Taurus to focus on the color palettes of mainstream machines.  

Send your queries to sajeev@thetruthaboutcars.com. Spare no details and ask for a speedy resolution if you’re in a hurry.

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