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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso diesel UK’s fastest selling car in October

2010 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso diesel auto was the fastest selling car nationally.

  • 2014 Fiat 500 petrol was the fastest seller in the East Midlands and in Scotland
  • 2013 Toyota Aygo petrol was the fastest seller in the South East and in the North West
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf diesel was the fastest seller in London and in East England

The fastest selling used car in the month following the autumn plate-change was a Citroen diesel. The Grand C4 Picasso MPV automatic sold in an average of 19 days across the UK, according to latest data collated by Auto Trader, the country’s largest marketplace for new and used cars.

Fastest selling cars in October 2015

Rank Year, make and model Days to sell Price position Retail price
1 2010 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso diesel auto 19 97.17% £6,999
2 2013 Toyota Aygo petrol semi-auto 19 97.99% £6,342
3 2013 Vauxhall Astra Coupe petrol 19 99.74% £17,177
4 2012 Chevrolet Orlando petrol auto 19 98.36% £7,930
5 2012 Audi A5 diesel auto 20 97.30% £18,401
6 2013 Dacia Sandero petrol 20 99.87% £5,354
7 2012 BMW 3 Series petrol auto 22 98.61% £17,549
8 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe diesel auto 22 97.63% £13,485
9 2010 Toyota Yaris petrol auto 23 98.73% £5,667
10 2012 Toyota Aygo petrol semi-auto 23 99.87% £5,940

“The fastest seller figures are reported by Auto Trader on a monthly basis, and I am sure the data for October will be of particular interest to motor industry commentators and retailers alike,” said Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader Director Retailer & Consumer Products. “It is still very early days to assess what impact the VW Group emissions scandal may have had on the market. Despite not featuring in this month’s Top 10, speed of sale and market prices of the majority of VW models has not been noticeably impacted throughout October, and we are yet to see any changes in consumer demand. It’s been exactly a month since the Volkswagen Sharan topped the national fastest sellers list in September, so we will continue to monitor developments and trends closely over the coming months”.

October showed another strong month for i-Control customers, with an average of 27 days to turn stock against a 63 day average reported for the whole market. Utilizing regional market data and daily movements to support retailers in their stock management decisions – including buying and pricing to the live market – iControl customers also beat the performance for October year-on-year.

“What we can underline with our fastest selling results is the continuing importance of transparency in all areas of the new and used car markets,” Karolina Edwards-Smajda added. “For example our pricing data tells us that none of the top ten fastest sellers nationally in October sold for more than their optimum price point, according to Auto Trader’s comprehensive data on valuations. That may be the early signs of a softening of the market as the festive season approaches but dealers in the South, the South East and the South West can be reassured as values remain robust.”

Auto Trader publishes top ten lists for fastest selling cars every month. At least 30 sales of each make and model variant must be made to qualify for inclusion in the charts.

About Auto Trader:

Auto Trader Group plc is a 100% digital business having successfully completed the transition from a print title in 2013. Auto Trader sits at the heart of the UK’s vehicle buying process and operates the UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace.

Auto Trader’s primary activity is to help vehicle retailers compete effectively on the Marketplace in order to sell more vehicles, faster. The Marketplace brings together the largest and most engaged consumer audience. Autotrader.co.uk attracts around 44.5 million monthly cross-platform visits on its sites, with around 68% of visits coming through mobile devices, with the largest pool of vehicle sellers (listing more than 400,000 cars each day). In fact over 80% of all time spent on classified sites is spent on Auto Trader. The Group does not buy or sell any vehicles itself.

Auto Trader has around 92% prompted brand awareness in the UK, with 80% of UK retailer forecourts advertising via the website and around 65% of UK used car transactions involving cars listed on autotrader.co.uk.

Auto Trader’s market-leading position enables it to generate and collect large amounts of data on the UK’s automotive marketplace and leverage it to create a suite of services that 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.

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Andrew Andersz  01865 343100  andrew.andersz@jjmarketing.co.uk

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