Color Me Bad, Crayola Eliminates a Color — Automakers Take Notice

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Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

Word on the street is that Crayola the crayon manufacturer is eliminating a color from its 24 color pack line. While I’m sure that this is causing some anxiety somewhere, I wish the automotive companies would take a cue. I have some recommendations of my own of colors that need to get the axe:

  • Only five shades of Silver please
  • No Green of any shade, particularly Lime Green
  • Mauve, enough said
  • Anything that is a shade of sorbet
  • Flesh tones
  • Robin Egg Blue
  • 1960’s household appliance colors
  • Split Pea Soup

If you have any other suggestions, email them to autoshowglobal@gmail.com.

Who Is “Matte Finish”

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Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

At the North American International Auto Show this past January, I noticed that some of the luxury brands displayed not only unique color combinations, but a variety of finishes. We commonly associate high-gloss finishes with quality and high luxury, but Mercedes, Audi, and Lexus gave us a taste of “Matte Finish”. I remember meeting Matte Finish at the Lamborghini display, on a purple “Huracan”, in 2010. It was odd looking, but not too offensive. I have seen Matte Finish around town lately as well, recently on a 2016 Corvette, in “Hi-Lighter Yellow”.

I’m not sure of the history behind Matte Finish, but I understand the distinction that comes with such an option. It’s just different. On certain cars, it may appear cheap, as if someone forgot to apply clearcoat to the finish. I don’t think you can get away with Matte Finish on a Ford Fusion, but you can on an Audi S7. Luckily for Matte Finish, he isn’t in high demand, nor is made to seen by everyone. In some cases, I do believe he chooses to be exclusive.

Gallant Gray is the new…Silver?

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Stephen Franklin, Auto Show Global

So, it has been proclaimed that “Gallant Gray” is the new color for 2017 by Axalta, a market leader in automotive paint finishes. Well it’s about time. I have owned most colors of the automotive color spectrum expect reds, yellows and greens. For the sake of dialogue, Dark Gray has been one of my favorite automotive colors. I owned a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix and a 2007 GMC Acadia, in the same color family. I was an early adopter. I liked the color because It’s less than black and darker than the more popular silver. I have found that it accented chrome, if you like chrome, and brushed metals. It gives balance to black and cuddles with compliment other colors. It reminds me of charcoal gray suits with brown shoes, it allows the owner license to be bold, and less traditional.

Now, as human beings, and our quest to be unique individuals, everyone will be buying into Gallant Gray. All I can say is, “been there, done that”. My new color is navy blue, catch me if you can. For more information, http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2017/01/05/axalta-gallant-gray-car-color/96074546/