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What Are the Colors of Choice for Cars?

汽车有些什么颜色?

What Are the Colors of Choice for Cars?

Many cars in advertisements, exhibits and at car dealerships in the United States are red, blue or green -- but almost 75 percent of new cars sold in the United States are black, white, silver or gray.

在美国的汽车广告,展览和经销商中,汽车有红色,蓝色或绿色,然而美国出售的新车中,近75%为黑色,白色,银色或灰色。

Les Jackson is a reporter who writes about cars. He says the car colors Americans choose do not show dirt as much as the colors of other cars. He says that means the owners wash their cars less, saving money. And he notes some areas that are suffering from water shortages do not permit people to wash their cars often, if at all.

莱斯·杰克逊是一名记者,写关于汽车的东西。他说美国人选车时,选比较耐脏的颜色,这意味着车主很少洗车,以此来省钱。他说,有些地区缺水,以至于人们若是想洗车,也不能经常洗。

Dan Benton works for a company called Axalta, which makes supplies for international car makers. He says when white cars are sold by their owners, they often sell for higher amounts than cars of other colors. And he notes that white cars “absorb less energy” than cars of other colors. This means temperatures inside them are lower in warmer areas.

丹·本顿在艾仕得(Axalta)公司工作,该公司为全球汽车生产商提供涂料。他说,白色汽车常比其他颜色的汽车售价更高。他还说,白色汽车比其他颜色汽车吸热少,因而在温度较高地区,白色汽车比其他颜色汽车的车内温度低。

Benton also says research at Monash University in Australia suggests that there is a lower risk of crashes during the day for white cars compared with darker ones.

本顿还说,澳大利亚莫纳什大学研究表明,相比其他暗色系汽车,白色汽车出事故率更低。

Car buyers in other countries also like white. Jane Harrington works for PPG Industries, a company that makes paint for cars. She said in China, buyers say white makes a small car look bigger.

其他国家的人同样愿意买白色汽车。简·哈林顿在PPG工业公司工作,该公司给汽车涂色。她说,中国消费者认为白色可以让小车看起来更大。

Axalta says about 11 percent of cars sold in North America are red and 8 percent are blue. In South America, 10 percent of new cars sold are red.

艾仕得公司表示,在北美出售的汽车中,约11%为红色,8%为蓝色。在南美出售的新车中,10%为红色。

Green has become less popular. Benton notes that in the mid 1990s, “green was the most popular color in North America. Today, green is hard to find.”

绿色不如之前受欢迎了。本顿说,在20世纪90年代中期,“绿色在北美是最流行的颜色,而现在绿色的车很少。”

Sometime in the future, people may not have to choose the color of their car -- technology may let owners change their car’s paint color anytime.

也许在未来的某个时刻,人们不需要选择汽车的颜色,到那时科技进步,人们可以随时改变车的颜色。

I’m Christopher Jones-Cruise.

我是克里斯多夫·琼斯·克鲁斯。

What Are the Colors of Choice for Cars?

Many cars in advertisements, exhibits and at car dealerships in the United States are red, blue or green -- but almost 75 percent of new cars sold in the United States are black, white, silver or gray.

Les Jackson is a reporter who writes about cars. He says the car colors Americans choose do not show dirt as much as the colors of other cars. He says that means the owners wash their cars less, saving money. And he notes some areas that are suffering from water shortages do not permit people to wash their cars often, if at all.

Dan Benton works for a company called Axalta, which makes supplies for international carmakers. He says when white cars are sold by their owners, they often sell for higher amounts than cars of other colors. And he notes that white cars “absorb less energy” than cars of other colors. This means temperatures inside them are lower in warmer areas.

Benton also says research at Monash University in Australia suggests that there is a lower risk of crashes during the day for white cars compared with darker ones.

Car buyers in other countries also like white. Jane Harrington works for PPG Industries, a company that makes paint for cars. She said in China, buyers say white makes a small car look bigger.

Axalta says about 11 percent of cars sold in North America are red and 8 percent are blue. In South America, 10 percent of new cars sold are red.

Green has become less popular. Benton notes that in the mid 1990s, “green was the most popular color in North America. Today, green is hard to find.”

Sometime in the future, people may not have to choose the color of their car -- technology may let owners change their car’s paint color anytime.

I’m Christopher Jones-Cruise.


Words in This Story

dealership - n. a business that sells a specific product

absorb - v. to draw in (heat, light, energy, etc.)


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