Chicago—July 27, 2005—Riding the success of the automaker's employee discount program, General Motors car searches at Cars.com rose significantly from May to June, according to the most recent Cars.com Consumer Search Index.
Seven GM cars appear in the May to June list of vehicles that showed the largest increase in consumer searches. No GM cars made the top 10 list in the previous month. Despite the surge in GM vehicle searches, foreign automakers continue to dominate overall site traffic at Cars.com.
The Cars.com Consumer Search Index offers a comprehensive look at the internet search behavior of visitors to Cars.com. The statistical information is compiled by tracking the more than 6 million unique visitors who log on to Cars.com each month. The lists are based off a minimum of 4,000 searches for any given vehicle. Leads provided represent the number of people who emailed a dealer to inquire about purchasing a car. The information is supported by expert analysis from the Cars.com editorial staff. More statistical information to support automotive stories is available upon request. Please contact Steve Nolan directly at 312-601-5163.
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