2016 Chevrolet Spark Gets Yummy New Colors | Edmunds

2016 Chevrolet Spark Gets Yummy New Colors

DETROIT — The 2016 Chevrolet Spark minicar will get car shoppers salivating, thanks to two new food-inspired exterior colors.

The new colors are Toasted Marshmallow and Kalamata Olive.

Like many automakers, General Motors wants to get buyers' taste buds working by naming exterior colors after food.

The trend seems to be most popular among small cars.

The 2015 Nissan Leaf electric car can be ordered in spicy Cayenne Red, while the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage offers an eye-popping Kiwi Green shade.

Car shoppers can add $395 to the bottom line and get a 2015 Ford C-Max Energi in Blue Candy.

But larger vehicles also have a color palette that appears to be drawn from the Food Network.

The redesigned 2015 Ford Edge crossover comes in Electric Spice, while the 2015 Jaguar XJL Portfolio sedan can be ordered in Caviar with a Cashew Truffle interior.

Naming cars after food and drink has been popular for several years. The Honda Element, which has been dropped from Honda's lineup, came in Root Beer Metallic.

The world of fashion also plays a role when it comes to naming exterior vehicle colors. The 2015 Ford Transit Wagon, a workhorse vehicle, can be ordered in Blue Jeans, a $150 option.

The main point seems to be adding a fun factor to the showroom experience, whether the inspiration comes from food, drink or even outer space.

The redesigned 2016 Smart Fortwo's new color palette includes Moon White, a matte shade.

Conservative buyers who want to leave the pantry at home will be reassured to discover that white is the most popular car color, according to a survey released late last year.

Edmunds says: Food can put a smile on the face of most car shoppers. It's no wonder that so many dealers are setting up coffee bars and automakers are rolling out grocery store-inspired exterior colors.

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