Press release

Rise of the small car as the fastest seller in May

One of the UK’s favourite small cars is fastest off the nation’s forecourts in May.

  • Vauxhall Corsa takes less than two weeks to blast out of showrooms into buyers’ hands
  • Griffin-badged small hatch also quickest to sell in north east and ranks in seven other regions’ top ten fastest sellers
  • Five body styles feature in UK’s top 10 fastest selling including Convertibles and Crossovers
  • i-Control users enjoy better than 60% improvement on stock turn

The Vauxhall Corsa has powered into the nation’s fastest selling cars this month, taking an incredibly short 12 days to find a buyer to be the fastest off the UK’s forecourts in May.

The Luton-based company’s small hatchback has proved very popular as a city runabout, learner school wheels and first-choice car for a generation of drivers newly-qualified to drive.

Not only is the car the fastest off the UK’s forecourts but it’s also the quickest to sell in the North East plus it ranks in the top ten cars to find buyers in the shortest amount of time in seven other regions.

Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader Retailer & Consumer Products Director said: “The Vauxhall Corsa’s strong showing in May is reflected not only in its ranking as the UK’s fastest selling car, but also in its robust sales performance across the regions including taking the number one spot in the North East. It’s no surprise the small hatchback also currently ranks as the second most popular new car in 2016.”

“The Corsa is very popular with consumers as it offers low-cost motoring, is ideal for urban driving and can prove cheap to insure. Our consumer users scored it 4.5 out of 5 stars on average in our owner reviews, so clearly it’s a car they rate highly.”

The other models performing strongly in May include Nissan’s Qashqai+2, the taller and extended version of the company’s popular crossover that boasts seven seats. This one is in the 2013 petrol-powered model with the automatic gearbox and was originally launched back in 2008 to target families with several children or who value practicality and need the bigger boot space. In fact, across the nation’s regions the Nissan Qashqai had a storming performance ranking as the fastest seller in the East of England and London, as well as taking slots in seven of the UK regions’ top ten quickest sellers.

Ranking as the third quickest seller in the UK with 19 days to sell and one-place behind the Qashqai, is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK convertible with diesel power and an automatic gearbox. It also appeared in the UK’s top ten last month in second place (where it took 18 days to sell) and reaffirms buyers interest in drop-top motoring as the summer weather settles in.

Land Rover’s latest all-new model, the Discovery Sport, also shows up in two of the region’s fastest sellers ranking second in the South and ninth in the South East. The premium 4×4 was a big hit with buyers when it first went on sale in early 2015 thanks to its smooth and frugal two-litre diesel engine, seven seats and luxurious interior.

Rank* Description Average Days to Sell Average Price Position Average Retail Price
1 2014 Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback Petrol Semi-Automatic 12 97.85% £6,138
2 2013 Nissan Qashqai+2 Hatchback Petrol Automatic 16 98.09% £14,685
3 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK Convertible Diesel Automatic 19 98.62% £20,535
4 2015 Hyundai ix35 Estate Petrol Manual 19 99.33% £13,098
5 2013 Kia Sorento SUV Diesel Automatic 20 97.74% £19,958
6 2014 BMW 5 Series Estate Diesel Automatic 22 99.64% £24,525
7 2013 Nissan Qashqai Hatchback Petrol Automatic 23 99.42% £12,875
8 2013 Volkswagen Passat Estate Diesel Manual 23 98.81% £11,247
9 2013 Hyundai ix35 Estate Petrol Manual 23 98.48% £10,643
10 2013 Volkswagen Touran MPV Diesel Automatic 24 97.32% £12,986

The performance of retailers utilising i-Control improved again this month with an average time to sell of 27 days versus a market average of 63 days. This represents a reduction of three days for i-Control users in May 2016 compared to the same month last year and means those dealerships using our data insights tool outperforms the market by 57%.

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 by nearly 60%.

Karolina Edwards-Smajda said: “This is great news for retailers that use i-Control to enhance their knowledge and expertise when stocking their forecourts with vehicles that are desirable to buyers in their area. The ability to turn stock quickly not only boosts revenue but can increase efficiencies to help reduce costs. The data powering i-Control supports retailers in selecting the cars that are in demand with consumers in their area and enables them to price those vehicles to the market. This helps generate more interest from consumers researching online, helping boost adviews for a dealership’s stock and, in turn, encourage consumers onto their forecourts.”

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.

*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.

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 circa 48 million cross platform visits each month, 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 (on average listing more than 437,000 cars each day). Over 80% of UK automotive retailers advertise on and around 80% of all used cars sold through the motor trade appear on the site.

Auto Trader’s market-leading position enables it to generate and collect large amounts of data on the UK’s automotive marketplace and leverage its possession of such data to create a suite of services which seek to allow retailers to:

  • BUY – buy the right vehicles, at the right price
  • MARKET – market their brands and businesses effectively in the digital world
  • SELL- sell more vehicles through advertising on the UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace
  • MANAGE – optimise their stock turn and vehicle margin

For all trade media enquiries, please contact:

Kieren Puffett – PR Director, JJ Marketing


Mobile: 07753 830870, Telephone: 01865 343100

Our CEO Nathan Coe will be live on next week's webinar to answer your questions. You can submit your questions to him in the comments and when you register to join the webinar live at
Last week saw the 89th week of consecutive used car price growth, with prices rising 28.6% year-on-year. With used car prices continuing to rise it’s crucial to keep repricing your stock inline with the market to ensure you aren’t leaving profit on the table.
2021 was a record year for new electric vehicles on our marketplace which saw a record number of advert views in 2021, with 1 in 5 new car advert views now for an electric vehicle. What EVs do you think we'll see drawing the most attention in 2022?
Looking to evolve your business by breaking free of outdated data feeds and enabling your customers to have a real-time view of your digital forecourt? Then check out our ‘Essentials to connected retailing’ masterclass now 👉
We’re still faced with an element of uncertainty when it comes to the pandemic which means you need to be prepared for any eventuality. So in this week’s tip of the week, @AndrewKorpela shares some top tips on how to make sure you're prepared for whatever is thrown at you next.
In his latest update, our CEO Nathan Coe shares our latest market insights, including an analysis of consumer demand and pricing, and reveals our plans for 2022.
With record numbers of new electric vehicle sales and, as we reveal in our latest blog, an electric vehicle being the fastest selling of any used vehicle in 2021, last year really was a victory for voltage 👇
In our latest Monthly Market Intelligence Report, we analyse the 3 key trends that came to define the automotive industry in 2021, record demand, the growth in used car prices and the acceleration of EV adoption 👉 Will these trends continue through 2022?
A quick summary of what we have covered in today's webinar from @ClarkRjoclark.
Prices then are still strong, but we are still seeing under-priced stock on our marketplace which means there is profit being left on the table. It's key then to monitor the live market prices and re-price to the live market value to avoid missing out on profit.

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
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