The most popular car colors in the Netherlands
Well, we can answer that question right away. No. Out of a total of 8.9 million passenger cars in the Netherlands on 1 January 2022, no fewer than 3 million have a gray colour. That ties in nicely with another trend in the Netherlands: because not only the cars, but also their owners have aged in recent years, according to figures. More about that later in this article, first more about the most popular car colors within the Dutch fleet.
Besides grey, black (2.1 million) and blue (1.2 million) are also very popular car colors in the Netherlands. If we add up the colors of the top-3, we already have 6.3 million passenger cars.
Car colors in the Netherlands in order of popularity 2022
1: Gray2: Black3: Blue4: White5: Red6: Green7: Brown8: Beige9: Yellow10: Orange11: Purple12: Other colors13: Cream14: Pink
Nice and original
What can we conclude from these top fourteen? Well, at least nothing has changed in the Dutch fleet since 2016. When it comes to colors, at least. The top list of most chosen car colors in the Netherlands has looked (almost) the same ever since.
Residual values affect color choice
There is also a valid reason why the color list has been led by the same body colors since time immemorial. This also has to do with residual values. Leasing companies and car dealers in particular pay close attention to what the market demands. The average car buyer is simply less likely to opt for a bright yellow or bright green copy. Especially with the knowledge that the car in question will probably have to be resold. People therefore prefer to play it safe by choosing black, grey, blue or white.
Why always play it safe?
But as a private person you could take a nice color, right? Because why always play it safe? White, gray, black, we know it by now. Dare to take a gamble by choosing a bright color. Bee online casinos do you ever go all-in? There are always enthusiasts who also want a great color for their car.
Most Popular Car Colors: Gray, Grayer, Grayest
Speaking of which: gray has been the most common car color for eighteen years, but in 2000 gray was still number three, after red and blue. Then there were 1.1 million gray cars; 18 percent of all cars.
At the beginning of 2022, the passenger car fleet had aged considerably and 34 percent of the cars were grey. The colors red and green are becoming less common, however unfortunate that is. Red has dropped from first place in 2000 (with 22 percent red cars) to fifth in 2022 (6 percent). The share of green cars fell from 14 percent to 3 percent in that period.
Car owners are getting older
Statistics from CBS also show that most passenger cars (9 out of 10) are owned by a private individual. Those car owners are getting older, the average age has risen from 46 years in 2000 to 52 years at the beginning of 2022.
“More and more cars are owned by the elderly. The number of passenger cars of over-65s in 2022 amounted to 2 million, a threefold increase compared to 2000”, according to Statistics Netherlands. “During the same period, the number of cars increased sixfold from the over-85s to 115 thousand. The elderly are relatively more likely to have a gray car. At the beginning of 2022, 39 percent of the cars of over-65s and 32 percent of those of under-65s were gray.”
Average age passenger car in the Netherlands
And how is a passenger car on average in the Netherlands? Also to that question The Netherlands in Figures edition 2022 answer. The average age of passenger cars has increased from 7 years in 2000 to 11 years in 2022. At the beginning of 2022, the Netherlands had almost 2.3 million passenger cars aged 15 or older, compared to almost 400 thousand at the beginning of 2000. In the same period, the number of young cars increased. off. In 2022 there were 1.2 million passenger cars under 3 years old, compared to 1.6 million in 2000.
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