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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: 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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Maintenance & Repair Study According to a new study, dealerships are leaving money on the table when it comes to maintenance and repair services. In fact, 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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Press Releases In a Slowing Automotive Market, Subaru, Nissan Expected to Gain Share in 2017; according to Kelley Blue Book; Ford, Jeep Continue to Struggle DETROIT, June 28, 2017 – New vehicle sales in the first half of 2017 are expected to be 8.4 million, down nearly Read Article
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Press Releases Cox Automotive and Holman Enterprises Announce Joint Venture with Flexdrive ATLANTA and MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. – May 25, 2017 – Cox Automotive, the same company that brings consumers Autotrader and Kelley Blue Read Article
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Press Releases Cox Automotive Names New Chief Economist, Announces Creation of Economic Industry Insights Office ATLANTA, April 18, 2017 – Jonathan Smoke joins Cox Automotive as chief economist and will lead the creation of an economic industry Read Article
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Press Releases Cox Automotive COO Mark O’Neil to Automotive Industry: How Do You Prosper in a Plateau Environment? Adopt Digital Retailing Now NEW YORK, April 11, 2017 – At the 2017 Automotive Forum in New York City, Cox Automotive COO Mark O’Neil issued a Read Article
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News Coverage Isabelle Helms: How to prevent turnover from costing your dealership Joe Gumm with CBT News sits down with Isabelle Helms, vice president of Research and Market Intelligence at Cox Automotive, to hear Read Article
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News Coverage Wanna sell cars? No, job seeker study finds Job seekers are willing to work at dealerships -- but not selling cars. "Any role, other than salesperson, creates a lift in interest" Read Article
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News Coverage How much insufficient training is costing dealerships The data points Cox Automotive found through its dealership staffing study are startling. Stores have a 67-percent annual turnover rate among its Read Article
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News Coverage New dealer confidence index edges up Dealers say the auto market is strong and expect it to remain so in the near term, but their profitability is constrained Read Article
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News Coverage Dealers mostly positive about used-car sales environment After being asked how they would describe the current used-vehicle sales environment, the view is a bit rosier for franchised dealers than Read Article
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News Coverage Auto Remarketing Best Auto Auctions to Work for 2017 Auto Remarketing recognized 13 Manheim auction locations as Best Auto Auctions to Work For 2017. These awards are particularly significant because they Read Article
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News Coverage Industry predictions for the Balance of 2017 As the auto industry continues to move forward, some are curious as to what the rest of 2017 will look like considering Read Article
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News Coverage Car Dealership Vehicle Sales Down, Now What? Auto sales this year have been flat, as predicted. That doesn’t necessarily mean doom and gloom for dealers. But dealers cannot rely 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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