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Toyota Prius is Auto Trader's fastest seller for second time in 2017

Toyota Prius

Alternative fuel vehicles maintained a presence among Auto Traders monthly report on the UK’s fastest-selling used cars – Toyota’s Prius taking top spot during April.

The online marketplace revealed that the 2014 Toyota Prius (automatic) was the UK’s fastest selling used car during the month, taking an average of just 14 days to sell.

It is the second time this year that the established AFV has taken top spot, following its success in February.

BMW’s i3 also became the first EV to feature in the top ten when it secured third place in the same month.

April saw Toyota in dominant form, however, with the 2012 Yaris (petrol automatic) also featuring in the top 10 list. Taking 19 days to turn, it was the UK’s sixth fastest selling used car.

It’s the second time this year that the Japanese manufacturer dominated the national list; in February the 2014 Prius and Yaris were the first and second fastest used cars to turn.

Mark Roden, sales director at Toyota Great Britain, said: “It’s great to hear that the huge surge in hybrid sales we’re seeing in new cars across the range is also helping sell pre-owned Toyotas too.

“It’s very clear the public are embracing hybrid as the solution not only to air quality issues, but also fuel economy and enhanced cabin ambience.”

In April, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class SUV (diesel manual) and the 2016 Ford Mondeo (petrol automatic) followed the Prius to make up the top three, taking an average of 15 and 16 days to sell respectively.

Across the UK, Ford dominated, taking the number one spot in six regions/countries, including London (2014 Fiesta petrol manual), East England (2015 Kuga diesel manual), North West (2012 Fiesta petrol manual), Northern Ireland (2015 Fiesta petrol manual), South East (2016 Galaxy diesel automatic) and Yorkshire (2012 Focus petrol manual).

In terms of fuel types, an electric hybrid may have taken first place nationally, but it was an almost equal split for petrol and diesels regionally.

Petrol powered used cars topped the list in seven regions/countries (London, North West, Northern Ireland, South West, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire) whilst diesel were the fastest selling in the remaining six (East England, East Midlands, North East, Scotland, South and South East).

Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader’s retailer and consumer products director, said: “As we can see from the range of vehicles making up the top 10 lists across the UK, there remains a healthy demand for all fuel types of used cars.

“Coupled with personal sales experience, data can be an effective tool in identifying which vehicles are the most desirable in your area.

“It can also tell you how much they should be priced based on the live retail market, helping you to build trust with your customers, and importantly, helping you to sell more cars more quickly.”

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