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Two-tone car paint makes a comeback, with Nissan, Hyundai among automakers reviving 50s-era styling for SUVs

If you think you’ve been seeing a lot of white, silver, gray or black cars on the road lately, you’re not wrong.

More than 3 in 4 vehicles sold today in North America are one of those four monochromatic “colors,” if you can call them that. But the period of rather subdued colors might be coming to an end.

Automakers have introduced more than half a dozen SUVs in the past two years with two-tone paint options, as they seek to differentiate their vehicles from each other and capitalize on new technology. Two-tone paint options usually carry a premium of a few hundred dollars.

In a move that could bring two-tone paint into the mainstream, Nissan announced in June that it will offer two-tone paint options on the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue SUV, one of the most popular vehicles in America.

The company previously tried it out on the

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Lexus, Subaru Have Most Loyal Customers Among New-Car Buyers: Study

The customer experience matters

Automakers work hard to keep customers coming back, and increasing competition is only making that job much more difficult. Some brands are better at retaining customers than others. J.D. Power’s 2020 US Automotive Brand Loyalty Study for new cars, released this week, shows which automakers succeed in customer loyalty, and which ones have work to do.

Lexus tops the study for luxury brands with a 48 percent of customers returning to the brand. That’s followed closely by Mercedes at 47.8 percent with BMW, Porsche, and Audi trailing at 45.1 percent, 44.9 percent, and 43.4 percent, respectively. Those automakers squash brands such as Jaguar (20.7 percent), Infiniti (27.7 percent), and Maserati (28.7 percent). For US brands, Lincoln bested Cadillac 37 percent to 33.8 percent.

How Automakers Stack Up:

Mass market automakers that see a high percentage of returning customers include Subaru, Toyota, and Honda. The three

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