Press release

2013 Vauxhall Zafira burns rubber as January’s fastest selling used car

All-electric makes the top ten for the first time.

  • Hatchbacks dominate the regional used car market
  • i-Control users enjoy 56% improvement on stock turn

3rd February 2017 – London: Auto Trader, the UK’s largest marketplace for new and used cars, has identified the 2013 Vauxhall Zafira MPV Diesel Automatic as the UK’s fastest selling used car in January, taking an average of just 26 days to leave the forecourt. With its affordability and practicality it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Griffin badged family favourite toped the UK list of fastest selling cars.

However, what is surprising is the arrival of the first all-electric vehicle to enter the top ten list; the 2016 BMW i3 (Auto) was the UK’s third fastest selling car, taking an average of just 28 days to leave forecourts. It might only have a maximum range of 195 miles, but the 2016 BMW i3 has perhaps done more than any other all-electric vehicle to change public perception of battery powered cars.

Across the regions, the 2013 Citroen C4 Picasso MPV Diesel Manual was the fastest selling car for Scottish dealers to turnaround, taking an average of just 19 days to leave Scotland’s forecourts. Whilst an MPV may have taken the national and Scottish top spot, it was the little hatchback that dominated January’s used car market elsewhere. In London, the North East, Northern Ireland and Wales, small run-arounds accounted for the entire top ten list of fastest selling cars. The ever popular VW Polo was the most sought after, scooping three number one titles (South West, North East and Northern Ireland).

Hitting targets will always be determined by how quickly a dealer can turn their stock around and using data could be the key to speeding it up. Users of i-Control took an average of just 32 days to sell a car in January, compared to a market average of 77; 56% faster than those that don’t use the data management tool.

Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader Retailer & Consumer Products Director, said: The start of the new year is always a busy time for the industry, and despite some of the turbulence we’ve seen over the last few months, the used car market remains extremely buoyant. The introduction of an all- electric car into the fastest selling list is a very significant development as it demonstrates how the level of technology adoption by consumers is increasing; technology isn’t only influencing the way we buy cars, but also what we drive. With the technology and public perception of EVs improving every day, I’m confident we’ll see more of these cars feature on our top ten lists in the near future.

“Our data allows us to identify what cars are the most popular across the country, which is key to identifying future sales opportunities. Dealers utilising data tools are much better set to understand which used cars are in demand in their area and how to maximize the speed of sale. Our research shows that retailers using i-Control benefit from an average days to sell of 32 compared to a market average of 77 days in January. That means a retailer using a data insight tool can sell more cars, more quickly, making more profit.”

The UK’s Top 10 Fastest Selling Cars in January:

Rank Description Average Days to Sell Average Price Position Average Retail Price
1 2013 Vauxhall Zafira MPV Diesel Automatic 26 98.67% £10,752
2 2016 Hyundai i30 Hatchback Diesel Semi-Automatic 26 98.90% £11,295
3 2016 BMW i3 Hatchback Electric Automatic 28 97.29% £21,534
4 2014 Toyota RAV4 SUV Diesel Automatic 28 100.93% £18,814
5 2016 Ford Kuga SUV Petrol Manual 29 99.31% £18,282
6 2014 Vauxhall Mokka Hatchback Petrol Automatic 29 100.96% £12,214
7 2013 Toyota Auris Estate Electric Hybrid Automatic 29 98.56% £11,045
8 2015 MINI Hatch Cooper Hatchback Diesel Manual 31 99.88% £12,685
9 2011 Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback Petrol Manual 31 99.85% £5,563
10 2015 Ford Ka Hatchback Petrol Manual 31 98.10% £6,019

i-Control tracks live market movements, recommends what stock to buy, where to find it, how much to pay for it, and how much to sell it for taking into account regional differences in desirability – and is proven to improve stock turn, as we’ve seen, by 56%.

Using a combination of daily guide prices from over 4,500 dealer websites, the 500,000+ ads on Auto Trader and price data from all major auctions, fleet & lease companies and manufacturers, i-Control provides accurate valuations ensuring retailers’ stock is competitively priced from day one.

About Auto Trader

Auto Trader Group plc is the UK and Ireland’s largest digital automotive marketplace. Auto Trader sits at the heart of the UK’s vehicle buying process and its primary activity is to help vehicle retailers compete effectively on the marketplace in order to sell more vehicles, faster. Auto Trader listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2015 and is now a member of the FTSE 250 Index.

The marketplace brings together the largest and most engaged consumer audience. Auto Trader has over 90% prompted brand awareness and attracts an average of 60 million monthly cross platform visits a month, with circa 70% of visits coming through mobile devices.

The marketplace also has the largest pool of vehicle sellers (listing more than 470,000 cars each day). Over 80% of UK automotive retailers advertise on autotrader.co.uk.

For all trade media enquiries, please contact:

Andrew Nankervis – Senior PR Manager, Auto Trader

Email: andrew.nankervis@autotrader.co.uk

Tel: +44 203 747 7234

With panic buying of petrol and diesel gripping the nation, we've seen a spike in interest in electric vehicles with advert views and leads for new electric vehicles on our platform hitting record levels over the weekend. #fuelcrisis #fuelshortages #ElectricVehicles https://t.co/EOX4SEDGCD
This week we rolled out the final stage of our admin fees plan, including any admin fees in the total price of the vehicle. So it's only fitting that this week's tip of the week is all about admin fees and what you can do to ensure your pricing is as transparent as possible. https://t.co/KThAVdSAon
The 2015 @KiaUK Sorento has been revealed as the UK’s current fastest selling used car taking an average of just 17 days to sell right now. https://t.co/X3WTnoOQdE
The number of buyers considering buying their car online continues to grow, with our latest buyer survey indicating that 63% are now willing to buy a used car online when presented with a scenario. https://t.co/FTxnM4ccPO
We're working with the @RMI_NFDA and ICDP to understand how dealers have adopted more digital retailing practices and we need to hear from you! Take the survey now to get a free personalised benchmark report👉https://t.co/qjQqIdVWFt https://t.co/eUiwMtm8E6
As of today, admin fees will be included in the total advertised price of the vehicle on Auto Trader. https://t.co/zy5qYuzEqp
The popularity of electric vehicles on our marketplace continues to grow with almost 1 in 5 consumers looking for a new car on our marketplace now considering an electric car. https://t.co/o6fHAjgL1y
In our next Courageous Conversations webinars, we'll be will be discussing whether the automotive industry is a safe space for the LGBT+ community along @forduk, @UKVolkswagen and @stonewalluk. Register now to join the conversation 👉https://t.co/p3ID7BHI3O https://t.co/FvNNTIhCEm
The latest @SMMT figures show a drop in new car transactions of 22% in August. But despite this, @IanJPlummer believes there are still reasons to be confident and that there is now a huge opportunity for the used car market. https://t.co/M0YmHKH2VA
In our next webinar, we’ll be looking at how this month’s plate change is impacting the market. Are we seeing an influx of buyer’s part-exchanging for a brand-new car and will it ease pressure on stock in the market? Register now find out 👉https://t.co/Oi8hLyTaTg https://t.co/Jjx116svPd

Auto Trader Group plc
Registered in England (Company number: 09439967)

Auto Trader Limited
Registered in England and Wales (Company number: 03909628)

Registered address:

1 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester
M15 4FN
VAT number: GB 614 8918 20

Keep in touch

We use social media to speak to the UK’s largest car buying audience