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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: January 2018 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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4 Truths of “Connected” Retail The Cox Automotive Future of Digital Retail Study survey of 2,550 in-market shoppers reveals that most consumers prefer to purchase from a… Read Article
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Cox Automotive Industry Update Report: December 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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Press Releases Cox Automotive’s Future of Digital Retail Study Reveals Dealerships Remain Central to the Car Buying Experience DETROIT, Jan. 15, 2018 – Cox Automotive released the findings of its Future of Digital Retail Study, with results showing that the… Read Article
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Press Releases Manheim Reports Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Continue to Soften ATLANTA, Jan. 9, 2017 – Used vehicle value pricing continues to soften following last year’s active hurricane season. The Manheim Used Vehicle Value… Read Article
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Press Releases Cox Automotive Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against CDK Global ATLANTA, Dec. 11, 2017 – Cox Automotive announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against CDK Global LLC (NASDAQ: CDK) (“CDK”)… Read Article
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Press Releases U.S. Auto Dealers Optimistic About Q1 2018, Concerned About Price Pressure and Showroom Traffic, according to New Cox Automotive Survey Current market seen as more positive by franchise dealers; independents anticipate a positive future  ATLANTA, Dec. 11, 2017 – U.S.-based automobile dealers… Read Article
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Press Releases Mark F. Bowser Named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Cox Automotive ATLANTA, Nov. 28, 2017 – Cox Automotive names Mark F. Bowser, executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective December 4. Bowser… 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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News Coverage Demand cools for once-hot cars at auctions Midsize cars remain popular in at least one place: the used-car auction. But even there, demand has begun to fade for the… Read Article
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News Coverage Consumers Will Buy Fewer Vehicles but ‘More Vehicle’ DETROIT – Vehicle sales this year aren’t forecasted to match or exceed 2017’s, but expect to see consumers buying amenity-laden cars and… Read Article
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News Coverage Lease returns to power used-car sales U.S. used-vehicle sales will rise in 2018 on swelling off-lease returns, while new-vehicle volume will decline modestly, forecasters say. Because dealerships typically… Read Article
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News Coverage Jonathan Smoke: Dealer Sentiment Index Shows Dealers Positive about Fourth Quarter Joe Gumm sits down with Cox Automotive Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke to discuss the fourth-quarter 2017 Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index. This… Read Article
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News Coverage Cox Automotive Drives Into the Cloud Big changes can be scary for an organization. And transitions like the movement into cloud-based computing can generate apprehension and uncertainty. Patty… Read Article
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News Coverage Reinventing fixed ops; ‘Same same’ isn’t good enough Here are three troubling statistics about service departments at franchised dealerships: 1. These dealerships typically retain only about half of the customers… Read Article
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News Coverage Dealers, Pick a Business Model, Any Business Model Paul Whitworth rebuts a suggestion that car dealers are limited in choosing ways they can stand out in the auto-retailing marketplace. The… Read Article
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News Coverage Dealers still optimistic on pre-owned car sales Dealers are still feeling relatively optimistic about their used-car operations. And for independents, in particular, they’re starting to see some relief from… 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.

Our Story

Born from an idea to connect pillars of our industry into one, unified game changer, Cox Automotive is uniquely positioned to lead the way in transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars. With over 32,000 team members representing 27+ brands globally, we are connecting what’s needed with what’s next to empower our clients to thrive in a rapidly changing automotive marketplace.

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