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BASF’s 2020-2021 Automotive Color Trends collection shows new optimism and positive mood

Many have effects or textures, making them a tactile experience as well as a visual experience

BASF has released its 2020-2021 Automotive Color Trends collection with a variety of shades and effects that show the way of modern automotive coatings.

Designers of BASF’s Coatings division around the globe created the collection, called CODE-X, with everything from new, reimagined whites, to the darkest of jet blacks, and a variety of vibrant color spaces in between. The colors are intended to serve as inspiration to automotive designers for vehicles that will be on the road in three to five years, stated BASF. Many have effects or textures, making them a tactile experience as well as a visual experience.

The global key colors vary from a grayish green, to a warm beige, to a coarse gray. As new thinking drives big transitions in the values around society, identity and progress, the collection represents the blend of the physical and digital worlds to stay hopeful and positive while coping with change, according to BASF in a company news release.

“Dark Seltzer,” designed in North America.

North America – Grace and simplicity

North America’s future color designs look to build off advancing colorant technologies that exhibit a greater sensitivity to the environment. Grace and simplicity will be the look of deep techno-sophistication, BASF stated.

“It’s not unusual to presuppose technological stewardship dominates research, but it’s refreshing to see just how much the consumer is willing to forego traditional norms of beauty in order to satisfy the hunger for smart and responsible color designs,” said Paul Czornij, head of design, the Americas.

“Pundits Solution,” Designed in EMEA.

Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) – Bold, distinct positions

BASF describes the key colors of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as “soothing, calming colors with bold, new, distinct positions.” There’s a huge variety of effects in these colors that are inescapable, yet approachable, the company sstated. “There are things to see, things to explore and things to be surprised by. We are in a time when nothing is the same. We may reference the old colors, but add something new, something different,” said Mark Gutjahr, head of Automotive Color Design, EMEA.

“Social Camouflage,” designed in Asia Pacific.

Asia Pacific – Positive, flexible attitude

Asia Pacific’s key colors reflect a positive, flexible attitude for change, action and the future, according to BASF: They are warm and emotional colors with a steady mood; They are not black or white, but more blurred and floating.

“Individuality is the trend in play here. We live for today and want to make the future better,” said Chiharu Matsuhara, head of design, Asia Pacific. “We try to enjoy life and be positive as much as possible, and change what we did in the past.”

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