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July Sees Surge in Family Cars Ahead Of Summer HolidaysBack

CitroenC4PicassoAs people prepared to go on holiday, it was no surprise that family cars became the UK’s fastest sellers in July, and the trend has so far continued into August as motorists look for the best car to transport their families across the continent.

Citroen’s people carrier, the C4 Picasso, was the country’s fastest selling car taking just 18 days to get from the  forecourt to the buyer. Its C4’s large airy cabin and large boot space make it ideal for a larger family’s annual summer break.

In second place was SEAT’s now discontinued Altea XL, another people carrier capable of seating up to seven people making it an ideal vehicle for larger families or those who seek extra storage space for camping equipment, golf clubs etc. Clearly it found favour with buyers as it only took 21 days to shift out of the dealerships.

The Nissan Qashqai+2  was another highly popular buy taking only 22 days to sell. The seven-seater version of Nissan’ popular crossover is NissanQashqaiPlus2no longer available to buy as a new model but there are some excellent deals to be found on used models. The third row of seats are more for occasional use and you can fold them flat into the floor when not required. The petrol automatic version is currently the most popular version.

The most profitable car in the top ten best-selling family cars was the 2014 Toyota AYGO, a small city car and the only one the feature in the top ten. The Toyota AYGO was one of the last of the previous generation models and proved to be a profitable sale for retailers achieving 100.56% of its average price position.

Fourth on the list was the ever-popular Fiat 500L hatchback. Although the Fiat 500L shares its name with the iconic city car, its much larger in its dimensions and is actually classed as a mini MPV with enough room for a family of five, and rivalling models such as Citroen’s C3 Picasso and the Ford B-Max. The 500L is spacious and flexible with a stylish cabin and lots of practical touches.

041111 Toyota AygoKarolina Edwards-Smajda, Retailer and Consumer Products Director said: “Many retailers will know from experience how seasonal trends influence demand such as the arrival of summer holidays prompting buyers to focus on family cars. The challenge lies in which family cars will be in demand in your region as even in the top ten fastest sellers there is a real mix. Using data can supplement this knowledge to help identify which vehicles are in demand in the retailer’s area and therefore which are most likely to sell quickly. Data tools like i-Control also enable a dealership to price stock to the market and to reprice it to ensure it remains attractive to buyers to improve speed of sale. It helps deliver an efficient forecourt that cuts costs, boosts turnover and increases profit.”


Rank Description Average Days to Sell  

Average Price Position


1 2014 Citroen C4 Picasso MPV Diesel Automatic 18 98.60%
2 2013 Seat Altea XL MPV Diesel Automatic 21 98.36%
3 2013 Nissan Qashqai+2 Hatchback Petrol Automatic 22 98.37%
4 2013 Fiat 500L Hatchback Petrol Manual 22 99.29%
5 2015 Vauxhall Mokka Hatchback Petrol Automatic 23 99.87%
6 2014 Kia Sportage SUV Petrol Manual 23 99.46%
7 2013 Mazda Mazda6 Estate Diesel Manual 24 100.14%
8 2013 Toyota Verso MPV Petrol Automatic 24 99.30%
9 2014 Peugeot 3008 Hatchback Diesel Automatic 25 99.41%
10 2014 Toyota AYGO Hatchback Petrol Semi-Automatic 25 100.56%


Posted by Leana Kell on 24/08/2016