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.
Cox Enterprises enters the auto auction business with its purchase of Manheim Auto Auction in Manheim, Pennsylvania.
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.
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.
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.
Manheim forms DealShield for wholesale assurance products and NextGear Capital for wholesale floor planning, acquires Ready Auto Transport.