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Ford Galaxy shines again but hybrids are star performers as the UK’s quickest sellers

Ford Galaxy clocks up its second month as the UK’s fastest selling car in October.

  • Two hybrids make an appearance in the nation’s top 10 quickest cars to find a buyer
  • Toyota Auris estate and Lexus RX450 petrol/electric hybrid cars take second and third spots

The Ford Galaxy is yet again the quickest car to find a buyer in the UK in October.

The Blue Oval-badged people carrier was the quickest off the country’s forecourts in September and has repeated the same feat in October, so it’s clearly a popular buy with consumers. The 2012 Ford Galaxy with diesel engine and automatic gearbox took 11 days to sell in October, one less than in September.

Proving it’s not just conventionally powered cars that are in demand with consumers, the UK’s second fastest selling car is the 2013 Toyota Auris Estate with hybrid petrol engine and electric motors. It’s a car that offers great practicality with its estate boot and efficient running costs thanks to its batteries and electric motor. This model took just 17 days to sell as did the 2014 Lexus RX450h petrol/electric hybrid. The premium SUV offers a more luxurious way to travel and greater practicality being a 4×4, and the hybrid set-up again means drivers can enjoy reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions.

It’s the first time that two hybrid petrol/electric cars have appeared in the nation’s top ten fastest selling cars and reveals how sought after these efficient, low-emitting cars are by buyers.

Karolina Edwards-Smjada Retailer and Consumer Products Director said: “It’s clear how popular the Ford Galaxy is clocking up its second consecutive month as the UK’s quickest set of wheels off the forecourt. It’s also the first time in 2016 we have two hybrid cars in the UK’s top ten fastest sellers with the Toyota Auris estate and the Lexus RX450h proving to be the second and third fastest cars out of the showrooms.

Karonlina Edwards-Smjada continues: “it shows retailers need to keep a careful eye on which cars are in demand in their area. Effective use of data and insight tools not only help here but also aid efficient stock management including speed of sale. Our research shows that retailers using i-Control benefit from an average days to sell of 26 compared to a market average of 63 days in October. That means a retailer using a data insight software solution, like, i-Control, can sell more cars, more quickly and for more profit.”

Commenting on the result, Paul Van der Burgh, President and Managing Director of Toyota GB, said, “We see the appeal of hybrid accelerating in new car sales and here we see clear evidence of that trend in the used market. With over a million Toyota and Lexus hybrids sold globally every year customers are reassured about the reliability and strong residuals of hybrid models, clearing the way for them to enjoy the quiet and smooth driving experience common to all hybrids, big or small.”

Across the regions Ford had another impressive month with the company taking the number one spot in the East Midlands (Fiesta hatchback), London (Galaxy MPV), North East (Fiesta hatchback), South (Kuga SUV), South East (Focus hatchback), Wales (Fiesta hatchback) and West Midlands (Fiesta hatchback). Ford’s popular models, including the Fiesta and Focus hatchbacks, made more than a further 50 appearances in the regional top tens.

Rank* Description Average Days to Sell Average Price Position Average Retail Price
1 2012 Ford Galaxy MPV Diesel Automatic 11 98.41% £7,982
2 2013 Toyota Auris Estate Electric Hybrid Automatic 17 97.98% £11,854
3 2014 Lexus RX 450h SUV Electric Hybrid Automatic 17 98.91% £29,000
4 2013 Fiat 500L Hatchback Diesel Automatic 18 98.08% £8,030
5 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV Diesel Automatic 21 99.86% £18,314
6 2011 Nissan Qashqai+2 Hatchback Diesel Manual 21 99.29% £10,181
7 2013 Nissan Micra Hatchback Petrol Automatic 22 99.87% £6,723
8 2014 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Petrol Automatic 22 99.18% £9,005
9 2014 Hyundai ix35 Estate Petrol Manual 22 100.28% £11,818
10 2013 Nissan Qashqai Hatchback Petrol Automatic 23 98.02% £12,378

NOTES:

*Please note that ranking for fastest selling is based on days to sell and the vehicle count with those cars enjoying the fewest days to sell and the highest vehicle count being ranked highest.

Regional Fastest Sellers

Region Make/Model Days to sell
East of England 2015 Fiat 500 Hatchback Petrol Manual 25
East Midlands 2012 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Petrol Manual 23
London 2012 Ford Galaxy MPV Diesel Automatic 4
North East 2014 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Petrol Manual 22
North West 2011 Nissan Juke Hatchback Petrol Manual 21
Northern Ireland 2015 Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback Petrol Manual 33
Scotland 2015 Fiat 500X Hatchback Diesel Manual 11
South 2015 Ford Kuga SUV Diesel Manual 18
South East 2012 Ford Focus Hatchback Petrol Manual 26
South West 2014 Volkswagen Polo Hatchback Petrol Manual 27
Wales 2010 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Petrol Manual 25
West Midlands 2015 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Petrol Manual 20
Yorkshire 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SUV Diesel Automatic 21

About i-Control

Users of i-Control took an average time to sell of 26 days versus a market average of 66 days in September 2016. This means those dealerships using our data insights tool now outperform the market by over 65%.

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 65%.

Using a combination of daily guide prices from over 4,500 dealer websites, the 500,000+ ads on autotrader.co.uk 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 attracted 59 million monthly cross platform visits in March 2016, with circa 70% of visits coming through mobile devices. More than 80% of all time spent on automotive classified sites is spent on Auto Trader.

The marketplace also has the largest pool of vehicle sellers (listing more than 420,000 cars each day). Over 80% of UK automotive retailers advertise on autotrader.co.uk and around 80% of all used cars sold through the motor trade appear on the site.

For all trade media enquiries, please contact:

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Email: kieren.puffett@jjmarketing.co.uk

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