It used to be that the “in” colour to buy was black (I think Henry Ford started it originally – it just took Manaus a while to catch on). Notwithstanding the fact that in a tropical country black is the stupidest colour you could wish for in a car, everyone dutifully bought black. Then there was a rebellion back in 2012 and every new car was suddenly white (a colour reserved for taxis for years and years). For the budget conscious or the rebel, you could go wild and get silver (let’s call a spade a spade and say ‘grey’, shall we?).
So there we are – in the last 7 years or so, what we’ve had is a market flooded with black, white and grey cars. We’ve got VADS (Vehicular Affliction Disorder Syndrome). We badly need some bright traffic. And that is why my heart is lifted when I see a nice blue (or green, or red, or yellow) car appear in the distance like a mirage in the desert. It’s finally happening – some of the sheep are breaking through the fences. Hooray! Come on people of Manaus – rise up and buy a colourful car!