From luxury trends to the “most-searched” vehicles in the U.S., here’s a recap of last week’s top news stories featuring Cars.com.

Luxury Sales

In a highly competitive new-car market, luxury sales are up more than seven percent year-to-date, according to a recent report from Cars.com.

Building on this, Jeff Clabaugh of the Washington Business Journal shared an article discussing Cadillac’s slowed growth within the luxury category, while Nancy Buckley of Luxury Daily penned a related story highlighting trends around luxury leasing.

F&I Goes Digital

Cars.com CEO, Alex Vetter, and former President, Mitch Golub, were featured in an article by Dave Bakholz of Automotive News related to shifts in dealership F&I practices. Within the piece, Vetter and Golub share how how technology has prompted shifts in consumer behavior.

“Most-Searched” on Cars.com 

With unit sales forecast to finish at approximately 16.7 million for the year, the new-car market is still red hot. Keeping this in mind, the Cars.com team took a look at Q3’s “most-searched” new-vehicles as way to gauge consumer interest by region.

Reported by AutoRemarketing, CBT NewsPickupTrucks.com, WIBW, WJCL and several social media outlets, Ford F-150 dominated the U.S. landscape from July through September, with  Ford Mustang, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Accord also ranking high in select locales.

Road to NADA

Cars.com vice president of strategy, Greg McGivney, sat down with CBT News to discuss plans for NADA 2015 and the importance of service department marketing.

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