• What Auto Dealers Need to Know about Voice-Activated Cars

    What Auto Dealers Need to Know about Voice-Activated Cars

      Voice-activated technologies continue to shape the auto experience thanks to Amazon, Apple, and Google. Being an effective dealer increasingly means understanding Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto as consumers – and their vehicles – become more connected. Major Developments in 2017 In 2017, we’ve seen a number of significant developments in the […]

  • Jeep Wrangler Ranks at the Top of the 2017 American-Made Index

    Jeep Wrangler Ranks at the Top of the 2017 American-Made Index

    Summertime is filled with poolside vacations, backyard barbecues, and driving with the windows down — especially in the Jeep Wrangler, our new “Most-American” vehicle for 2017. Today, the Cars.com editorial team released its American-Made Index, and for the first time in the list’s history, the Jeep Wrangler topped the list. The index is based on […]

  • Driving to an Augmented Reality Future

    Driving to an Augmented Reality Future

    Auto dealers and Facebook have something in common: augmented reality is part of their future. At Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the world’s largest social network is making a major investment in AR. Facebook will soon roll out the Camera Effects platform, through which Facebook’s 2 billion users can […]

  • Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: February 2015

    Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: February 2015

    Building on a strong January, February new-car sales increased 5.3 percent, compared to a year ago. Though difficult weather conditions maintained throughout much of the country, which put a small damper on overall sales, consumers braved the winter cold to buy up new vehicles in record numbers. Bolstered by consistently low gas prices and positive home […]

  • Insight of the Week: Millennials Outrank General Population in Car Buying Intent

    Insight of the Week: Millennials Outrank General Population in Car Buying Intent

    With innovations like ride sharing apps and short-term rental programs, many dealers have concerns about the future of car ownership, particularly among millennials. But while young consumers have new transportation options, the reality is that most still need (and want) to own a vehicle. In 2014, the 18-34 age group accounted for 26 percent of all new-vehicle sales, making […]

  • Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: January 2015

    Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: January 2015

    Making for a roaring start to 2015, January new-car sales closed the month up 14.8 percent, with the largest seven automakers reporting figures. Demand for pickup trucks, SUVs and small cars drove sales nationwide, with the Ford F-Series retaining its top stop as the leader in total monthly sales. Cold temperatures across much of the United […]

  • Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: December 2014

    Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: December 2014

    Closing out a robust year of new-car sales, full-size pickups, SUVs and crossovers helped drive the market to reach more 16.5 million units for the year, up nearly 6% from 2013. The average transaction price in December was $31,550, making last month the highest ATP of 2014. A positive for both dealerships and manufacturers, all signs […]

  • Getting to Know The "New-Car" Shopper

    Getting to Know The "New-Car" Shopper

    Cars.com knows new-car shoppers. With new-car sales expected to surpass 16.5 million units this year, up from an early forecast of 16.3 million units, demand for new vehicles is growing by the day. Searches on Cars.com are also up nearly 30% year-over-year, a result of an increasing number of consumers using online tools to compare vehicle options, […]

  • [Infographic] Most-Searched Vehicles on Cars.com by City and State

    [Infographic] Most-Searched Vehicles on Cars.com by City and State

    In an analysis of shopper activity on Cars.com, the Ford F-150 proved to be the most-searched new-vehicle in 30 of the 50 states, accounting for the majority of interior states. However, several locales proved to be as diverse as their populations, with the Ford Mustang and Jeep Grand Cherokee splitting favor among residents from major metropolitan areas.

  • Insight of the week: CPO buyers outrank used-car buyers in brand loyalty

    Insight of the week: CPO buyers outrank used-car buyers in brand loyalty

    Previous experience with a manufacturer’s brand is one of best indicators of future purchase. If a consumer enjoys his or her vehicle, has a consistent, positive experience with the dealership and is unencumbered by the strain of constant vehicle maintenance, there’s a strong chance the individual will become a repeat customer. And though customer retention has historically […]