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Corvette recovery draws online gawkers, cartoonists, profit seekers -- even doubters

5:00 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
There's nothing like a good old-fashioned Internet conspiracy theory. After a cavernous sinkhole swallowed eight of the National Corvette Museum's prized gems last month, museum management decided to release as much information as possible and use social media to spread the word.... Read More »

 

Lexus' interactive channel lures buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Lexus is offering a new interactive channel through Comcast -- a first in any industry -- that it hopes will entice luxury buyers while providing a new look at the brand.... Read More »

 

Google Glass faces driving bans as states move to bar use

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2014
Motorists in at least six states may be barred from using Google Glass, the eyewear device under test that can access the Internet and take photos with a blink.... Read More »

 

Adaptive Web sites make their way to dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Smart Web sites have been a long time coming to auto retailing.... Read More »

 

Twitter, eyeing $15 billion auto ad market, says users buy more cars

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2014
Twitter, seeking a bigger slice of the more than $15 billion auto-advertising market, said households with users of its service were twice as likely to buy a new car as the average U.S. household.... Read More »

 

C-SUITE TWEETS

For executives, Twitter is a chance to serve the brand and show their human side

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
The Twittersphere is probably the last thing on the mind of new General Motors CEO Mary Barra.... Read More »

 

Ford social strategy: Listen more, push less

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Automotive marketers and sales executives salivate at the idea of influencing the growing contingent of connected consumers on social networks, but Ford's Scott Monty says there's more to social media than hawking products.... Read More »

 

Game ads work OT on viewers' 'second screens'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2014
Right after Peyton Manning's first-quarter interception toss to Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor in Super Bowl XLVIII, American Honda tweeted out a condolence video of sorts.... Read More »

 

Rockefeller warns automakers, suppliers to cut risk of in-car mobile technology

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2014
An influential senator, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, warned automakers and technology executives on Thursday that he'll propose regulating in-car use of mobile phones to Internet-connected entertainment and information systems unless they do more to reduce driver distractions.... Read More »

 

Ford's store, company employees will buzz about Bowl spot

5:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2014
Ford is encouraging its more than 3,000 dealerships and their employees and Ford company employees to help create buzz for an advertising spot scheduled to air before the Super Bowl, and sustain it for several weeks after.... Read More »

 

LOST LEADS

Dealers should respond to questions quickly or internet shoppers will leave

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
At Proctor Honda in Tallahassee, Fla., salespeople are expected to respond to Internet leads within 20 minutes. Online shoppers are receptive for only a few minutes, says Alex Jefferson, e-commerce director for the three-store Proctor Dealerships group.... Read More »

 

AutoCheck histories can be posted on Cars.com

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Dealers can now post used vehicles on Cars.com with vehicle history reports from Carfax Inc. or Experian Automotive's AutoCheck.... Read More »

 

Digital media choices overwhelm, but the reward is great, panelists say

11:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2014
The challenge for automakers trying to funnel shoppers to dealerships via digital media is mind-boggling -- how to simplify communications in a technology sphere that is continually growing and changing. But the reward, according to panelists at the J.D. Power International Automotive Roundtable here, makes the effort worthwhile.... Read More »

 

Controversy sheds light on Dataium

6:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2014
There's an old joke: How do you know it's going to be a bad week? The receptionist tells you that the "60 Minutes" film crew is in the lobby to see you. A "60 Minutes" query was what executives at the auto-shopping data company Dataium faced this month.... Read More »

 

Edmunds guarantees lease prices

7:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2014
Dealers offering vehicles on Edmunds.com can now offer guaranteed lease prices to shoppers in addition to guaranteed purchase prices. A year ago, Edmunds.com, which attracts about 22 million unique visitors per month, launched its Price Promise. It allows subscribing dealers to provide guaranteed prices on a vehicle backed by a certificate that the shoppers can download and bring to the dealership.... Read More »

 

TrueCar to unveil Sales Analyzer at convention debut

6:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
Online car-shopping service TrueCar, continuing its effort to be dealer friendly, will have a booth on the convention floor for the first time.... Read More »

 

GM says a third of U.S. dealerships enrolled in online buying program

9:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
More than one-third of General Motors' dealerships have enrolled in GM's Shop-Click-Drive online car-buying program, the company said today.... Read More »

 

Sonic, miffed by lawsuit, jilts TrueCar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Sonic Automotive Inc., the nation's third-largest dealership group, is ending its relationship with TrueCar at the end of this month, after the car shopping service sued Sonic in federal court for trademark infringement.... Read More »

 

2014 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Facebook exec says network has untapped potential to influence car shoppers

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
There's an opening for automakers to boost brand consideration on Facebook within the sea of vacation photos and witty status updates.... Read More »

 

Autobytel acquires lead wholesaler AutoUSA from AutoNation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
Autobytel, one of the largest providers of lead prospects to auto dealers, has purchased AutoUSA from AutoNation for $10 million in cash, a $1 million convertible note and other consideration.... Read More »

 

Ford co-op program pushes more digital ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is joining other automakers in using advertising co-op funds to get its 3,200 U.S. dealerships to do more digital advertising.... Read More »

 

Studies: Auto industry-buyer communication uneven

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
The auto industry is doing a good job fielding social media questions from customers and shoppers, but dealerships too often fail to reach out to vehicle buyers after the sale, according to separate findings in a pair of new studies.... Read More »

 

Get ready for a speedy Internet connection

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
The growing availability of 4G LTE -- a faster data connection that will make in-car apps run more smoothly -- is shaking up the auto infotainment industry. Major automakers are taking steps to make their infotainment systems compatible with the new standard, which runs up to seven times faster than 3G connections.... Read More »

 

Dealertrack buys into online ad growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2013
Explosive growth in digital advertising by automakers and their dealers was a key consideration in Dealertrack Technologies' decision this week to buy Dealer.com for about $1 billion in cash and stock.... Read More »

 

Dealertrack to buy Dealer.com in $1 billion deal

4:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2013
Dealertrack Technologies, a leading provider of financial services software to auto dealers, has agreed to purchase digital-marketing giant Dealer.com for about $1 billion. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.... Read More »

 

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