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THE NEWSROOM

The latest news about Cox Automotive and our brands, including featured insights, news and press releases.

Recent News

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Cox Automotive Industry Update Report: October 2017 A monthly report leveraging Cox Automotive’s multifaceted insight into the automotive marketplace to provide an overview of economic indicators, supply, demand, credit… Read Article
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Cox Automotive Industry Update Report: September 2017 A monthly report leveraging Cox Automotive’s multifaceted insight into the automotive marketplace to provide an overview of economic indicators, supply, demand, credit… Read Article
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Cox Automotive Industry Update Report: August 2017 A monthly report leveraging Cox Automotive’s multifaceted insight into the automotive marketplace to provide an overview of economic indicators, supply, demand, credit… Read Article
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Cox Automotive Industry Update Report: July 2017 A monthly report leveraging Cox Automotive’s multifaceted insight into the automotive marketplace to provide an overview of economic indicators, supply, demand, credit… Read Article
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How Best-in-Class Dealers Are Making More Customer Connections The CRM is a relatively recent addition to the automotive dealership, but it’s already revolutionized the way dealers connect with their customers.… Read Article
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The Top 5 Floor Planning Mistakes Dealers Make Floor planning is a basic process: Open a line of credit, purchase inventory with that credit, sell inventory and pay back the… Read Article
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Small Independent Dealer Uses Third-Party Sites to Level the Playing Field & Sell Cars His Way Case studies from Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book are designed to illustrate how various types of auto dealerships across the country are using… Read Article
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2017 Manheim Used Car Market Report The Manheim annual Used Car Market report examines the economic underpinnings of the entire used vehicle market and sector-specific trends that influence… Read Article
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Press Releases vAuto Founder Dale Pollak Publishes Fourth Book For Retail Automotive OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL (Oct. 17, 2017) – vAuto founder Dale Pollak hadn’t planned on writing a fourth book. But circumstances in the… Read Article
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Press Releases Cox Automotive Presents Motorcars Honda with Leader in Sustainability Award ATLANTA, Oct. 13, 2017 – With sustainability and community service acting as driving forces behind how it operates its businesses, Cox Automotive… Read Article
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Press Releases Cox Automotive Names Patrick Brennan as Senior Vice President of Inventory Solutions, Marketplace ATLANTA, Oct. 9, 2017 – Cox Automotive names Patrick Brennan as senior vice president of Inventory Solutions, Marketplace following the recent promotion of… Read Article
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Press Releases Cox Automotive Names Janet Barnard as Chief People Officer; Announces Grace Huang as President of Inventory Solutions ATLANTA, Sept. 26, 2017 – Cox Automotive names Janet Barnard as chief people officer following the retirement of longtime human resources leader Rock… Read Article
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Press Releases Incadea appoints new CEO Munich, Germany, Sept. 14, 2017 – incadea, a leading global provider of automotive retail solutions and a Cox Automotive brand, announced the… Read Article
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Press Releases Cox Automotive Industry Commentary Each month automotive industry experts from Cox Automotive and its brands host a sales day commentary call to provide insights into the… Read Article
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Press Releases Kelley Blue Book Expands Internationally When it comes to trusted vehicle valuations, car shopping tools and expert advice, Kelley Blue Book is on track to become the… Read Article
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Press Releases Alum gets award for auto business excellence Cox Automotive recently awarded its Rising Star Award to a University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) alum who is now a Kentucky… Read Article
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News Coverage COMMENTARY: Physical auto auctions change for better The first thing you might have noticed at Manheim Atlanta earlier this year was a countdown and buttons worn by employees that… Read Article
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News Coverage 2 proposals for managing used-car inventory The following is excerpted from Like I See It: Obstacles and Opportunities Shaping the Future of Retail Automotive by Dale Pollak. If… Read Article
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News Coverage Cox Automotive helps in ongoing Puerto Rico hurricane recovery The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday that during the next seven days, 20 million meals and more than 11 million liters… Read Article
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News Coverage Some Holiday: Dealer Traffic Down on Columbus Day Despite a strong September, Columbus Day weekend car-shopping activity was down this year, according to new data from Dealer.com and Dealertrack (divs.… Read Article
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News Coverage How Holistic Staff Training Can Increase Brand Loyalty In the automotive industry, more than half of dealership gross profit margin goes to payroll, which means the impact your employees can… Read Article
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News Coverage Hurricanes send Manheim used-car price index higher Americans replacing vehicles lost in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma pushed used-vehicle prices higher in September. In a related move, Manheim has refined… Read Article
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News Coverage Cox Offers RPM Access to Independent Dealers RMS Automotive and Manheim (divs. Cox Automotive) announced the launch of a new co-listing capability designed to give independent dealers access to… Read Article
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News Coverage 2 candidate traits dealers need to build solid workforce Many dealerships have a promotional moniker to distinguish itself in their market; for example touting the biggest selection of used vehicles. Hireology… Read Article

A quick history
of Cox Automotive

1898

ESTABLISHMENT

The Cox Enterprises story began nearly 120 years ago when founder James M. Cox purchased the Dayton Daily News for $26,000. This remarkable story continues today with the third and fourth generations of Governor Cox’s family at the helm of one of the country’s leading communications, media and automotive services companies.

1968

MANHEIM AUTO AUCTION ACQUIRED

Cox Enterprises enters the auto auction business with its purchase of Manheim Auto Auction in Manheim, Pennsylvania.

1999

AUTOTRADER.COM LAUNCHES

AutoTrader.com launches as online automotive classified website for car shoppers and sellers. The site aggregates millions of new and used cars from thousands of dealers and private sellers, and also provides reviews, advice and comparison tools.

2010

KELLEY BLUE BOOK, VAUTO & HOMENET ACQUIRED

AutoTrader.com acquires Kelley Blue Book, vAuto and HomeNet Automotive as the company begins expanding into providing software tools and solutions for car dealers and manufacturers.

2011

VINSOLUTIONS ACQUIRED; AUTOTRADER GROUP FORMED

AutoTrader.com acquires VinSolutions and forms AutoTrader Group as the company expands its service offerings to help dealers and manufacturers manage their inventory and advertising online.

2012

MANHEIM MAKES INVESTMENT & ACQUISITION

Manheim forms DealShield for wholesale assurance products and NextGear Capital for wholesale floor planning, acquires Ready Auto Transport.

2013

AUTOTRADER GROUP ACQUIRES HAYSTAK MARKETING

AutoTrader Group acquires Haystak Digital Marketing, a full-service digital marketing agency that focuses exclusively on the retail automotive industry.

2014

COX AUTOMOTIVE FORMS

Cox Automotive forms as a division of Cox Enterprises to house all automotive brands. Cox Automotive acquires Xtime, a service retention platform.

2015

REBRAND, LAUNCH & ACQUISITION

AutoTrader.com rebrands to Autotrader. Cox Automotive Canada launches. Cox Automotive acquires Dealertrack and its subsidiaries, Dealer.com and incadea.

2016

COX AUTOMOTIVE AUSTRALIA FORMED

Cox Automotive announces plans to strategically combine CarsGuide with the Dealer Solutions, Sell My Car and Manheim businesses to form Cox Automotive Australia.

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