If you accept the notion that automotive developments occur at the top of the vehicular food chain and then make their way down to the masses*, then when it comes to exterior colors for vehicles, then an upcoming trend is that of matt colors contrasted with fluorescents.
When you have a car with a starting MSRP of ~$209,000, you probably consider the colors very carefully. (Images: Automobili Lamborghini)
At least that is an inference one can make based on the offerings from Automobili Lamborghini for the 2021 model year, with the Huracán EVO Fluo Capsule lineup.
There are five exterior colors that are offset with matt black used for the roof, front bumper and side skirts.
Lambo describes this as “a highly technical interplay of contrasts.”
The five colors are Verde Shock:
(There is also Celeste Fedra, which unfortunately we don’t have a photo of.)
The interiors of these vehicles are black, with the start-stop button and the Lamborghini shield logo on the headrests finished in one of the fluorescent colors.
Admittedly, these colors probably won’t look as good on your basic compact crossover, but get ready to see something along those lines.
*What’s interesting to consider is the argument that had been made by Clayton M. Christensen in The Innovator’s Dilemma, which has it that truly disruptive innovations start at the bottom and work their way up, with the incumbents at a higher level trying to protect their positions while the innovators from below are on the offense, working to better their offerings. So maybe bright paint colors aren’t exactly an innovation as much as a means by which Lamborghini can hope to attract some customers to its V10-powered super sports car, lest it lose more of them to vehicles that may have more staid paint colors but electric motors powering them.
Automotive manufacturers are meeting CAFE fuel-efficiency standards through lightweighting, which requires simulation software for design engineers.
The high-end automotive CAD/CAM systems do a whole lot more than their name implies. In addition to design and manufacturing, they have the ability to support analysis, product data management, and more.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.