May’s fastest selling cars revealed

Once again, Nissan’s Qashqai proved hot stock across the regions, while Mercedes took five of the ten spots in the national top ten. The UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace for buying and selling new and used vehicles will continue to publish these every month.

Region    Regional – best seller by make and model    Days to sell
Scotland    2013 Fiat 500L Hatchback Diesel Manual    14
North East    2012 Nissan Qashqai Hatchback Diesel Manual    20
Yorkshire    2013 Citroen C1 Hatchback Petrol Manual    24
East Midlands    2013 Citroen C1 Hatchback Petrol Manual    34
London    2012 Nissan Qashqai Hatchback Petrol Manual    22
South East    2012 Toyota Prius Hatchback Electric Hybrid Automatic    24
South    2013 BMW 1 Series Hatchback Diesel Manual    23
South West    2007 Ford Fiesta Hatchback Petrol Manual    28
Wales    2014 BMW 1 Series Hatchback Diesel Manual    23
West Midlands    2012 Nissan Qashqai Hatchback Diesel Manual    22
North West    2008 BMW 1 Series Hatchback Diesel Manual    18
N.Ireland    2013 Fiat 500 Hatchback Petrol Manual    35

National – Top ten by make and model    Days to sell
1    2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class Saloon Diesel Manual    16
2    2011 Mazda MX-5 Coupe Petrol Manual    19
3    2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK Convertible Diesel Automatic    20
4    2012 Mercedes-Benz B Class Hatchback Diesel Manual    21
5    2010 Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback Petrol Manual    21
6    2009 Nissan Note Hatchback Petrol Automatic    24
7    2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Saloon Diesel Automatic    24
8    2012 Toyota Prius Hatchback Electric Hybrid Automatic    25
9    2012 Volkswagen Touran MPV Diesel Automatic    25
10    2012 Mercedes-Benz B Class Hatchback Diesel Automatic    25

‘In the three months since Auto Trader started publishing these figures, models in the top ten have consistently aligned closely to their optimal retail price position,’ said Karolina Edwards-Smajda Auto Trader Trade Solutions Director. ‘That should resonate with every dealer because the same principle applies to each car on a forecourt. If you want to sell quickly, price to the retail market – that’s the market as it is now, not as some might suggest it could, should or might be.

‘Of course, these charts are high level, but the science behind these figures can support every dealer on every forecourt. Pricing, demand and speed-of-sale data powers the same intelligence that works on a targeted micro-level and is instantly available to any retailer. It helps them work out what should be paid for the right car in the right location to maximise profits, as well as the price to sell it for to boost speed of sale.’