Variation in Colour Palettes for the VW Golf in Four Major Markets

This bit of research aimed to determine what, if any, variation existed in four major markets in the choice of colours available for the VW Golf.

VW Golf colour palettes in four major markets. Images: VW
VW Golf colour palettes in four major markets. Images: VW

I looked at the configurators at VW’s websites in Brazil, Australia, the US and Germany. The expectation was that there would be some variation in the number and type of colours. The first part (number) was confirmed by this empirical study but the second expectation (type) was not confirmed. The number of paint colours was counted for a typical variant of the Golf in each market.

The author selected the model with the most available colours and captured graphical data from the website. Then the author placed the data in a single, composite image to allow direct cross comparison. The German market had the greatest colour choice with eleven paints. Brazil came second with ten, North American third with seven and Australia fourth with six. No colours were found in the non-European markets that were not in the German market.

Any colour so long as its uninteresting. Image: VW
Any colour so long as its uninteresting. Image: VW

This indicates that the preferences of the European market determine the absolute number and character of the colours and that regional VW distributors select from this. In other other words the non-European markets’ colours were sub-sets of the colours produced in the European market.

The author contends that it might be possible that VW Golf sales are limited to some extent outside the EU by the unavailability of colours that might be preferable to the palette of the EU market which are neutral, cool colours and two reds. Given that there is some variation in colour preference determined by culture, it might be expected that in the US and S America, other colours might also be successfully offered and opted for by local consumers.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

2 thoughts on “Variation in Colour Palettes for the VW Golf in Four Major Markets”

  1. We spend a fair amount of time defending the Golf against those who call it ‘boring’. Nevertheless, that colour (if you can call it that) palette is not inspiring at all.

  2. Considering the numbers of Golfs sold this palette is very restricted. Uptake of 1% would still be in the range of 10,000 cars. As it stands, with 11 colours they could be making about 90,000 cars of each colour. I´d guess that in reality silver and grey must make up a good 30% of the annual production run (about a million cars a year, roughly).

    Did you know you can type maths sentences into Google and get an answer: “one million divided by 930,000” gives a worked-out result.

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