Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Green, which was the most popular colour for new cars in 1996, has not featured in the top five since 2002. It was in seventh place in 2017, with only 1.1 per cent of new colours taking the classic hue. Completing the top ten are orange, with 0.8 per cent, bronze, with 0.5 per cent, and yellow, with 0. 4 per cent. Gold is the colour whose popularity was the fastest growing, with demand up 19.1 per cent, although it remains a niche choice – taking just 0.2 per cent of the total market.Jim Holder, editorial director of What Car? magazine, said: “Plainer, safer colours deliver better resale values because the cars will appeal to a broader group of buyers.”This year’s figures show few signs of that trend changing despite buyers being offered more choices of car colours than ever.”Still, gold’s position as the fastest-rising choice shows there are a few extroverts out there.”Regionally, buyers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales bucked the overall national trend, with white remaining their firm favourite.White was also the number one colour in the North of England. Blue is now the only primary colour to feature in the top five, with red falling one place to sixth in favour of silver. Black has overtaken white as Britain’s favourite car colour as because drivers are too busy to wash their vehicles, experts say.More than half a million buyers chose black for their new car in 2017 while white fell to into third place after spending four years in the top spot.”There was a strong trend for white cars in the UK,” said Karim Mussilhy, a sales manager for the Syner Group, Europe’s largest automotive retailer.”You could really see it with sales on the ground – but this has faded away.”White cars are perceived as being harder to keep clean and people’s lives are busier than ever. That’s definitely a factor.”A total of 482,099 white cars were registered with the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in 2017, down 15 per cent from a peak of 564,393 in 2015.Monochrome colours have occupied the number one spot in the DVLA statistics for 18 years and almost 60 per cent of the 2.54 million new cars registered in 2017 ordered in black, grey or white. Nationally, pink saw a decline with only 1,327 cars of that colour being registered in 2017, the lowest since 2011.However, while drivers may be choosing black cars because they believe they are easier to keep clean, Holder warned that the colour actually has a “fearsome reputation for showing up dirt.”He added: “Perhaps we’re getting an insight into the nation’s willingness to pick up a sponge or pay someone else to use one.”It could also be a reflection of the fact paint technology has improved. Meanwhile white cars fell to into third place after spending four years in the top spotCredit:www.Alamy.com Drivers in the south of the country and in the West Midlands chose black and in the East Midlands grey was top of the table.