A Green Car – Without Even Hunting

I was browsing through Citroën’s configurator, when very unexpectedly, I found this:


I was immediately reminded of Richard’s “hunt for a green car”, about two years ago. (Yes Sean, there are people who read this blog and even remember things).

Not enough that Citroën (sorry, DS) surprise us with a totally offbeat colour, they even allow some quite daring colour combinations. The brown roof I show can be ordered with a blue, red or green body.

One thing is rather irritating, though: the colour is called “Vert Saphir”. When I googled for sapphire pictures, they were all… blue.

8 thoughts on “A Green Car – Without Even Hunting”

  1. I have to work with colours a lot, and I notice that names are very important to people. “Is that beige, I don’t want beige, very dull” “No, it’s more a neutral yellow” “Oh, that’s fine”.

    So maybe to assuage those who “don’t like green”, despite what you might see with your eyes, to them it’s not really green, just a yellowy shade of Sapphire.

    1. Wouldn’t they have to omit the ‘vert’, then?

      But I know what you are talking about. It’s the same with brown cars. You can call them ‘Teak’ or ‘Ganache’, but never mention the B-word. By the way, the roof colour here is called ‘Brun Topaze’ – and this time I’ve actually found some pictures of brown topazes (among many others). They also have ruby red for the body and emerald green for the roof – which is a much bluer, more turquoise shade than the sapphire here.

  2. I know what you mean; my car is Tempesta Grey – in other words brown (especially when it’s just been washed) and this has resulted in me getting two parking tickets in my workplace car park as the parking attendant uses a computer to determine who is entitled to park and has to put the colour of the car in as well as the registration and make. On the V5, it’s grey, but to him it’s brown.

  3. Vert saphir… this is so typical for french “Laissez-faire” !
    I remember the colour range of the good old Mercedes W123 – probably a huge group of swabian chemists did create some names of their colours after having analysed them in many tests under different weather and light conditions in all regions of the world.
    So typical names were Middle-red, Dark-blue, Silver-green, Grey-blue, Deep-green, Black, Blue or Classic-White. I am sure, they spent some weeks at the mimosa-harvest in Menton before calling a colour yellow-mimosa…

    By the way, Very nice green indeed!
    I really hope PSA is succeeding in establishhing a Premium-brand with gallic esprit…

    1. That´s a great little detail: the totally unpretentious colour names. And they are the better for it, no? My car had the colour “Champagne”. It is a pale gold. Does anyone else think the Mimosa Yellow is a really good name for a really good colour?

  4. Good research there. How will this look in northern Europe? It needs a cream white roof to set it off. It is almost one of those metallic greens from the middle 90s. I won´t complain though: it is green.

  5. You can have a white roof, although it doesn’t look creamy (all the better for it, if you ask me…).
    I’d like to see it in nature, in Alpine light (is this much different from northern European?). The problem is, nobody buys green cars here. And nobody buys DSs.

  6. Though not really practical to scan a single colour from a photo, the site Encycolorpedia identifies what I’d judge to be a possible realistic middle colour from this. Various names from different producers come up, but I rather like ‘World Peace’ from California Paint Schemes (where else?).

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