Paint With All the Colors of NYIAS: The Most Colorful Cars of the 2018 New York Auto Show

Touring the technicolor dreams on display in New York this week.

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It's no secret that new cars today aren't nearly as colorful as they were in the past. To walk onto a dealer lot 20 or 30 years ago was to stroll through a veritable artist's palette of wild, vibrant hues spanning the entire visual spectrum. But times have changed; today, more than two-thirds of cars sold around the world are either black, white, or gray. So are we doomed to a future devoid of fun colors? A stroll around the floor at the New York International Auto Show suggests otherwise.

To be sure, color choices are still important and can make or break a model's success. According to an annual survey conducted by automotive paint supplier PPG, 60 percent of consumers say a car's color is a "major factor" in their decision to buy one. Carmakers recognize this, and still see fit to offer a host of specialized (and expensive) paint options to go along with the requisite 50 shades of gray that people continue to demand.

That's why there's still some hope for our technicolor dreams. One bright spot: PPG has found that blue is rising in popularity as a wide array of automakers have added specialized models and hues that get people excited. Take the Lexus LC500 and its much-hyped "Structural Blue" paint, which the company took 15 years to develop in its quest to make it as blue as possible. Seriously.

Or take a look at what we found in the halls of this week's New York Auto Show, where nearly every manufacturer had at least one car or truck decked out in a crazy color that really caught our eye. Enjoy the gallery below, and remember: Not everything is black and white.

  • BMW i8 Roadster in E-Copper, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Audi RS5 Sportback in Sonomagrun Metallic, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce in Misano Blue, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 in Sebring Orange, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Ford Mustang Bullitt in Dark Highland Green, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Jaguar I-Pace in Photon Red, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Cadillac XT4 in Autumn Metallic, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Honda Civic Si in Energy Green, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Lexus LC500 in Structural Blue, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Audi RS5 Coupe in Nardo Grey, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Lincoln Aviator in Flight Blue, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Kia K900 in White, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Hyundai Kona in Lime Twist, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Rival Blue, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Mazda Kai Concept in Soul Red, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • BMW M6 Gran Coupe in British Racing Green, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Land Rover Range Rover SVR in Estoril Blue, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Kia Stinger in Cream Orange, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • BMW M5 in Frozen Red, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in Summit White, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • BMW Alpina B7 in Alpina Blue, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Jaguar/Waymo I-Pace in White, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Dodge Challenger in Yellow Jacket, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
  • Ford Focus RS in Nitrous Blue, Ford Mustang in Orange Fury, <i>Kyle Cheromcha</i>
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