Toyota Prius fastest selling car in December, research finds

The Toyota Prius is the fastest selling car in the UK for the month of December, according to Glass’s.

The organisation’s ‘hot five' for the final month of the year named the Japanese car as the vehicle that is moving off the forecourt the fastest. The rest of the top five – which sold for an average of £14,782 – was made up by the Chevrolet Orlando, Chevrolet Cruze, Skoda Yeti, and Audi Q3 in that order.

Market research such as this is always useful for informing car dealers’ decision of which stock to take, something that will in turn allow them to get a road risks insurance or combined motor trade insurance policy that is right for their needs.

Commenting on the findings, Rupert Pontin, Glass's head of valuations, said: "There are now more Priuses available in the market but demand remains strong both from private buyers and business, with many starting to be used as taxis."

"The Cruze and Orlando are both great value for money but Chevrolet's withdrawal from the UK market could be part of the reason for their appearance in the Hot Five, thanks to low levels of availability and therefore increased desirability."

At the other end of the spectrum, the five worst selling cars in December are the Renault Scenic, Suzuki SX4 S Cross, Vauxhall Cascada, Seat Toledo, and Mitsubushi Mirage.

Glass's monthly 'hot five' monitors 300 models, examining more than 50 price observations over a four-week period. The cars are then split by range, and a rank is determined by the number of days that cars have been advertised on web portals.