Geneva Motor Show 2015 shows us what’s fashionable in colour
Motor shows are a good place to trend watch and that includes the popular colours for cars (or ones that are about to go mainstream). Here are the most popular hues flaunted at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
As seen on: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, Volkswagen Sport Coupé Concept GTE, Lexus LF-C2, Porsche Cayman GT4
The lowdown: I was surprised about the number of yellow cars at this year’s show. They ranged from solid to metallic shades and were seen on coupés and convertibles. Metallic yellow was an unusual choice for the Volkswagen Sport Coupé Concept GTE, yellow being a bit of a whimsical colour choice for conservative VW, especially on one of their future high-end models. Looks great though.
As seen on: Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6, Bentley GT Speed, BMW Alpina 6 xDrive Gran Coupe, Aston Martin Vulcan
The lowdown: Green was very noticeably back on the menu at the show, with shades ranging from turquoise to lime to forest green. For Bentley, unveiling the brand new EXP 10 Speed 6 in green was probably a nod to British racing green. To be honest I was delighted to see green having its moment again and hopefully this trend will continue for new car launches and trickle down to our roads.
As seen on: Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, SEAT 20V20, Peugeot 208, Hyundai i20 Coupé, Honda Jazz
The lowdown: Always a popular choice at motor shows and great for making a statement, orange was definitely having a moment at this year’s show. It was quite a popular choice for new small car launches including the Jazz, i20 Coupé and 208. “Orange Power” is a brand new colour for the revamped 208 coming this summer.
As seen on: Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Ferrari 488 GTB, Kia Sportspace, Opel Karl, Honda NSX
The lowdown: Red was another popular choice this year probably for its connotations of sport and speed (no one told Karl!).
As seen on: Opel Corsa OPC, Audi Q7 e-tron, Ford GT, Ford Focus RS, Toyota Auris, Toyota Avensis, Toyota Mirai, Honda HR-V
The lowdown: Blue is quickly becoming the colour of the moment for performance models with high profile culprits including the Focus RS, Corsa OPC and Ford GT. The Honda HR-V was wearing a particularly fetching shade of indigo and blue was a big theme on the Toyota stand. It’s definitely a big one now for car launches.
As seen on: Suzuki iM-4 Concept, Renault Clio R.S. 220 Trophy EDC, Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity, Range Rover Evoque, Honda Civic Type R
The lowdown: White has seen a resurgence in recent years at motor shows and its very popular among new cars too. At the show, it was seen on a variety of models from performance hatches to SUVs and luxury cars.
As seen on: Aston Martin DBX, Audi Prologue Avant, Audi R8
The lowdown: Grey is resoundingly popular in the real world. Open any car brochure and you will find two or three shade of grey in there. It was a fitting hue at Geneva for the luxury and high performance end of the market.