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Vauxhall Astra GTC tops Glass's Hot Five in May

Date: 21 May 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The Vauxhall Astra GTC was the fastest used car off the forecourt in May, according to vehicle data experts Glass's monthly Hot Five survey.

However, Glass's said the used Astra GTCs sold during the month had an average of just 541 miles showing on the odemeter, suggesting Vauxhall and its dealers have pre-registered a large number of vehicles.

Lexus' RX400h large 4x4 was second, while the Chevrolet Orlando was in third, while Hyundai's i20 and the Peugeot 407 made up the top five.

Having the Astra GTC as the fastest selling used car is a bit of an anomaly as this reflects the pre-reg activity that is supporting the new car market at the moment," said Rupert Pontin, head of valuations at Glass's. "At 11 days to sale and an average mileage of just 541 there are no prizes for guessing what is happening here. There is a lot of this kind of activity going on in the market and Vauxhall is certainly not the only manufacturer doing it."

"The Lexus RX450H should not really come as a surprise as these are generally in short supply. Tried and tested hybrid technology makes this a sensible choice for what can be a costly car to run in its equivalent petrol guise," said Pontin.

Glass's Hot Five is based on 300 models, all of which have been subject to more than 50 price observations over a four-week period. The set is then split by range, and an average is determined by the number of days that cars have been advertised on web portals.