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    1. 10-02-2012 07:36 PM #26
      I think there is a slight confusion on the colors people buy vs. the colors manufacturers/dealers make available. Example I was on the lot looking at A3s. Black, white, white, blue, beige. Then came back a week later. Blue, white, red, beige. Then a week later. Blue, red, beige. The colors that sell are the colors the dealers make available. The colors that don;t sell are sitting inventory. High risk for dealers to hold. So as a result less are available and thus less are sold.

      I ended up buying the Beige A3 because the color grew on me, but on my first visit I hated it. Everyone else must have been buying the black and white cars. So though the color choice was there no one was picking it up.

      So I am just saying as manufacturers make colors available, people need to get out of their comfort zone and buy some wacky colors.

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      10-02-2012 07:46 PM #27
      gti_matt & i were just discussing this; seems to me Nissan is one of the few companies that has (almost) always offered a green option (a color i want to own), but this thread made me think of this pic:



      despite 4 of my 7 cars being silver, i am a color fan and besides liking/wanting a green car someday, brown is high on my list, too (mmm, macadamia); the dearth of color choices these days is indeed depressing!
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      10-02-2012 07:48 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by slirt View Post
      gti_matt & i were just discussing this; seems to me Nissan is one of the few companies that has (almost) always offered a green option (a color i want to own), but this thread made me think of this pic:



      despite 4 of my 7 cars being silver, i am a color fan and besides liking/wanting a green car someday, brown is high on my list, too (mmm, macadamia); the dearth of color choices these days is indeed depressing!
      Throw a beige or silver in there (for the people that want it), and this photo would be the perfect example of a good colour line up IMO.

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      10-02-2012 07:49 PM #29
      More vivid and varied exterior color choices is a nice trend, but the place in today's automobiles where color is BADLY needed is INSIDE the cars. The boredom of grey or black is exceeded only by the depressing nature of those two damnable interior color "choices" in so many of today's cars, no matter the price. We spend far more time inside our cars than outside admiring them, so why not make the surroundings a little bit more cheery and interesting to the eye? The prior-age designers did overdo the tinsel perhaps, but sitting inside a fifties car was a colorful and cheerful experience. Why not bring some of that feeling back, updated to contemporary values?

      1958 Pontiac interior; a typical example:


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      10-02-2012 07:57 PM #30
      I like dark, monochromatic interiors. Not really sure why. I have to say, the only thing that wasn't well thought out in my Volvo was the shiny tan dash. I get so much reflection in my windshield its really, really distracting.

      Or maybe 22AudiQ did such a good job on the detail that it hasn't dulled to the factory spec yet?

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      10-02-2012 08:04 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by vwlarry View Post
      More vivid and varied exterior color choices is a nice trend, but the place in today's automobiles where color is BADLY needed is INSIDE the cars. The boredom of grey or black is exceeded only by the depressing nature of those two damnable interior color "choices" in so many of today's cars, no matter the price. We spend far more time inside our cars than outside admiring them, so why not make the surroundings a little bit more cheery and interesting to the eye? The prior-age designers did overdo the tinsel perhaps, but sitting inside a fifties car was a colorful and cheerful experience. Why not bring some of that feeling back, updated to contemporary values.
      I see where you're coming from with this, but, like the paint thing, I feel that the problem is well on the way to being fixed already. A large amount of today's new cars offer a pleasant amount of flare and contrast especially compared to the monotone tan rubber coated disasters of the 90s. Having grown up at that time and seeing some of the interiors of the Japanese cars driving around at the time has caused Japanese cars to have a negative stigma in my mind to this day.

      This:


      is eons better than this:


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      10-02-2012 08:15 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by vwlarry View Post
      More vivid and varied exterior color choices is a nice trend, but the place in today's automobiles where color is BADLY needed is INSIDE the cars. The boredom of grey or black is exceeded only by the depressing nature of those two damnable interior color "choices" in so many of today's cars, no matter the price. We spend far more time inside our cars than outside admiring them, so why not make the surroundings a little bit more cheery and interesting to the eye? The prior-age designers did overdo the tinsel perhaps, but sitting inside a fifties car was a colorful and cheerful experience. Why not bring some of that feeling back, updated to contemporary values?

      1958 Pontiac interior; a typical example:
      Good point. I refuse to get a beige or grey interior... That means my only "option" is black... Which isn't an option on some cars... OR it is an option but only on exterior colours that are awful .

      But, at least there are SOME stand out cars now...


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      10-02-2012 08:32 PM #33
      Sometimes silver or gray can look incredible... on the right car. If the paint is deep and lustrous. If the curves of the car show it off right. Even gold/champagne/beige on the right car can look right. Every time I see a previous gen XC70 in that colour I think it looks right... when I see the nearly same colour on a Camry I just sigh (actually... I don't even care, sighing takes effort, and it's not technically a let down, it's an expectation).

      What it comes down to is people buy cars to drive for 2-5 years, then sell them or return their lease. Why would they buy a colour that would negatively affect the resale value/options. Also, most people just don't want attention drawn to themselves or have that outgoing of a personality that a bright yellow or green statement to the world is right for them.

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      OT, but I didn't think VW was doing blue numerals on their gauge faces anymore? I've seen other late model VW dashes in pics with blue as well. They come from the factory white, is this a mod?

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      10-02-2012 08:35 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by Live-Wire View Post
      Sometimes silver or gray can look incredible... on the right car. If the paint is deep and lustrous. If the curves of the car show it off right. Even gold/champagne/beige on the right car can look right. Every time I see a previous gen XC70 in that colour I think it looks right... when I see the nearly same colour on a Camry I just sigh (actually... I don't even care, sighing takes effort, and it's not technically a let down, it's an expectation).

      What it comes down to is people buy cars to drive for 2-5 years, then sell them or return their lease. Why would they buy a colour that would negatively affect the resale value/options. Also, most people just don't want attention drawn to themselves or have that outgoing of a personality that a bright yellow or green statement to the world is right for them.



      OT, but I didn't think VW was doing blue numerals on their gauge faces anymore? I've seen other late model VW dashes in pics with blue as well. They come from the factory white, is this a mod?
      Actually they are white but my HTC phone somehow modified them to be blue. Maybe it's a hint I should change them?
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      10-02-2012 09:19 PM #35
      Here here. There is also the unfortunate assumption by manufacturers that consumers all want complex color effects with names ending in "_____ Gloss Pearl Mica Metallic" or something like that. What's wrong with simple, bold colors?!

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      10-02-2012 09:22 PM #37
      Meet one of my favorite VW colors, Mountain Green.



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      10-03-2012 10:27 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Live-Wire View Post
      What it comes down to is people buy cars to drive for 2-5 years, then sell them or return their lease. Why would they buy a colour that would negatively affect the resale value/options. Also, most people just don't want attention drawn to themselves or have that outgoing of a personality that a bright yellow or green statement to the world is right for them.

      Both these statemetns came up repeatedly on another forum when discussing orange cars (the OP of a thread there had bought a bright orange new M3) and the general consensus from most posters was that it was too flashy, that they didn't like being the center of attention and that they thought resale would tank. Even the people that liked the color woudl never own a car in orange, yellow, bright green or red for those reasons.

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