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Fords prove fast in September as the Galaxy flies off UK forecourts quickest

Ford Galaxy is the quickest set of used wheels off the UK’s forecourts in September.

  • Galaxy people carrier is joined in the nation’s top ten by Ford Kuga SUV
  • Blue oval cars also the fastest selling vehicles in four of the UK’s regions

It’s the Ford Galaxy that proved to the fastest selling car in the UK in September.

The 2012 Ford Galaxy with diesel engine and automatic transmission took just 12 days to sell proving that the people carrier with its seven seats, five of which can be folded flat to create a large load space, was in hot demand with buyers in September.

Taking four days longer to sell on average is the 2014 Kia Sportage petrol with manual gearbox, and the model is no stranger to appearing in the top ten fastest selling cars. It was the fastest seller in the UK for two consecutive months in March and April 2016.

Another car that has appeared in the UK’s top ten fastest sellers is the Toyota AYGO city car with its fifth appearance in 2016. This 2014 version with petrol engine and automatic gearshift took just 18 days on average from landing in the showroom to being snapped up a buyer.

Karolina Edwards-Smjada Retailer and Consumer Products Director said: “The nation’s fastest selling cars reveal how quickly some used cars have shifted in September, a month known for new car sales. While September has proved a strong month for used Fords, knowing which cars will prove popular is key to identifying future sales opportunities. Retailers 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 26 compared to a market average of 66 days in September. That means a retailer using a data insight tool can sell more cars, more quickly and for more profit.”

In what is traditionally a very busy month for dealers with the new 66-registration plate, used cars from Ford were the ones making the quickest exit off the nation’s and regions’ forecourts.

The Ford Kuga was seventh fastest out of the UK’s showrooms while in four of the UK regions it was a Ford model that was quickest to sell. That included East England where there were five models with the Blue Oval badge in the region’s top ten fastest selling cars, including the 2015 Ford Kuga Diesel Automatic that ranked first with an average of 27 days to sell.

Ford also came first in London (Galaxy MPV), South West (Fiesta Hatchback) and West Midlands (Ford Ka Hatchback). The ever-popular Ford Fiesta appeared a total of 17 times across the different UK regions’ top ten fastest selling cars. The small hatchback is currently the number one best-selling new car in 2016, so its appeal remains very strong with both new and used buyers.

Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said:  “Ford’s best-ever car and van range contributed to Ford sales for the March and September plate-change months combined exceeding 150,000.  Over 69,000 of those were driven away by new 66-plate owners last month, equating to a new Ford sold every 15 seconds.

Andy Barratt continues: “Ford Galaxy remains the UK’s top-selling multi-purpose vehicle, after we delivered 1,000 66-plate Galaxys – double the number of its nearest competitor.”

Rank* Description Average Days to Sell Average Price Position Average Retail Price
1 2012 Ford Galaxy MPV Diesel Automatic 12 97.78% £8,394
2 2014 Kia Sportage SUV Petrol Manual 16 99.28% £13,870
3 2014 Toyota AYGO Hatchback Petrol Semi-Automatic 18 98.14% £6,560
4 2012 Hyundai i30 Hatchback Petrol Manual 19 98.05% £6,770
5 2013 Renault Captur Hatchback Diesel Manual 20 98.61% £9,708
6 2013 Fiat 500L Hatchback Diesel Automatic 20 97.08% £7,994
7 2015 Ford Kuga SUV Petrol Manual 21 99.93% £18,161
8 2014 Mazda3 Hatchback Petrol Manual 22 100.11% £12,034
9 2014 Peugeot 2008 SUV Diesel Manual 22 99.13% £9,503
10 2013 Nissan Qashqai+2 Hatchback Petrol Automatic 22 98.51% £14,140


*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 Ford Kuga SUV Diesel Manual 27
East Midlands 2010 Vauxhall Astra Hatchback Petrol Manual 27
London 2012 Ford Galaxy MPV Diesel Automatic 7
North East 2015 Volkswagen Polo Hatchback Petrol Manual 26
North West 2013 Nissan Qashqai Hatchback Petrol Manual 19
Northern Ireland 2015 Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback Petrol Manual 28
Scotland 2014 Fiat 500 Hatchback Petrol Manual 10
South 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV Diesel Automatic 23
South East 2013 Toyota Auris Hatchback Hybrid Automatic 23
South West 2013 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Petrol Manual 32
Wales 2015 Hyundai i30 Hatchback Diesel Manual 22
West Midlands 2014 Ford Ka Hatchback Petrol Manual 22
Yorkshire 2013 Vauxhall Zafira MPV Petrol Manual 24

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 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 60 million monthly cross platform visits in July 2016, with circa 70% of visits coming through mobile devices.

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

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Kieren Puffett – PR Director, JJ Marketing


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