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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: November 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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Used-Vehicle Prices Contrary to analyst predictions that used-vehicle prices were going to plummet, we have seen a more-than-normal increase in used prices. In this video,… Read Article
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Millennials As Millennials age into the largest car-buying cohort, dealers need to understand the shopping and buying preferences of this generation to more… Read Article
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Fixed Ops When it comes to maintenance and repair services, dealers are leaving money on the table. In this video, Isabelle Helms, Vice President… Read Article
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Consumer Credit As we look at the record level of auto sales in 2015 and 2016, there is no question that the market would… Read Article
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Shifting Consumer Preferences Did the crossover kill the mid-size car? There is no question that consumer vehicle preferences are shifting, and in this video, Jonathan… Read Article
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Digital Retailing According to the 2017 Cox Automotive Digital Retailing Study, nearly all consumers (98%) want the ability to do at least some piece… Read Article
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Affordability The average U.S. household owns 1.9 cars, but how much are they really spending on the actual vehicle? In this video, Jonathan… Read Article
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Press Releases Cox Automotive Presents Heather Pullen of Porsche Cars North America with Community Impact Award ATLANTA, Nov. 17, 2017 – Cox Automotive presented its 2017 Community Impact Award to Heather Pullen, national remarketing manager, Porsche Cars North… 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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News Coverage COMMENTARY: Manheim + NAAA, history in the making, marked by innovation It is hard to believe I am heading out to Palm Springs ... to attend the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) convention… Read Article
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News Coverage Podcast: Janet Barnard & Joe George of Cox Automotive Shortly after she was promoted to the role of chief people officer of Cox Automotive in late September, we caught up with… Read Article
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News Coverage Digital Auto Retailing Undergoing Another Transformation For years, consumers have used the Internet to shop and research before going to the dealership. Now, industry people see the day… Read Article
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News Coverage Manheim Index stretches record-setting streak to 6 Make it six months in a row that the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index has set a new record high. Cox Automotive… Read Article
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News Coverage Podcast: Grace Huang & Nick Peluso of Cox Automotive The same week she was named president of Cox Automotive Inventory Solutions, Grace Huang joined Joe Overby, Auto Remarketing’s editor, on Auto… Read Article
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News Coverage Automotive Author Tackles Topics Some Dealers Don’t Want to Talk About Automotive-retail guru Dale Pollak says many people in auto retailing eschew certain industry issues, both current and looming. That tentativeness is one… Read Article
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News Coverage Addressing High Turnover: Five Ways Dealers Can Attract And Retain Millennial Talent We live in a world ruled by technology, but people are still essential to the car buying process. The most valuable component… Read Article
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News Coverage Podcast: Brian Geitner of Cox Automotive Media Solutions Joe Overby, Auto Remarketing's editor, visited Cox Automotive to talk with Brian Geitner, the president of Cox Automotive Media Solutions. That group,… 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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