THE 2012 Ford Galaxy has remained the quickest selling car in the UK for the second month in a row, improving on the previous month’s result.
The people carrier was the quickest off the country’s forecourts in September and has repeated the same feat in October. The four-year old Galaxy with diesel engine and automatic gearbox took 11 days to sell in October, one day 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 powertrain. This model took just 17 days to sell as did the 2014 Lexus RX450h. The premium SUV offers a more luxurious way to travel and greater practicality being a 4×4, plus the hybrid set-up again means drivers can enjoy reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions.
It’s the first time that two hybrids have appeared in the nation’s top ten fastest selling cars at the same time and reveals a change in desires from car 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.’
She continued: ‘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.
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