Las Vegas—February 2, 2007—Today at its annual affiliate summit, Cars.com announced the winners of the 2006 Affiliate Awards, designed to recognize outstanding sales and marketing achievements in automotive classifieds among the Company's network of leading local media partners.
Although recognized for individual achievement, the Cars.com network demonstrated a strong commitment to building a dynamic automotive marketplace in 2006. By driving a quality, in-market consumer audience to advertiser listings, Cars.com markets across the nation strengthened their local classified presence and contributed to the company's significant growth.
"The strength of our local partners makes Cars.com the leading automotive destination," said Michael Page, vice president of affiliate sales at Cars.com. "Each year we recognize those markets that have truly gone above and beyond in their sales and marketing efforts to make Cars.com the number one automotive marketplace in their markets."
The 2006 Cars.com Affiliate Awards are as follows:
Main Street Marketing Award: Newport News Daily Press
This award is presented for marketing excellence in mid-size and community markets.
Madison Avenue Marketing Award: Orlando Sentinel
This award was designed to recognize marketing achievement at the in large markets.
Phoenix Award: Asbury Park Press, The Providence Journal
The Phoenix is awarded to markets with the largest increases in year-over-year sales and retention.
Pathfinder Award - Community: The Sun News
This award honors sales leadership at the Community level.
Pathfinder Award - Mid-City: The Miami Herald
This award recognizes sales leadership for a Mid-city market.
Pathfinder Award - Metro Market: The Arizona Republic
This award recognizes sales leadership for a Metro market.
Flagship Award: The Los Angeles Times
This award is presented to the local market partner who consistently exceeds standards in both sales and marketing.
Cars.com is the most comprehensive destination for those looking to buy or sell a new or used car. The site lists more than 2 million vehicles from 13,000 dealer customers, classified advertisers and private parties to offer consumers the best selection of new and used cars online, as well as the content, tools and advice to support their shopping experience. Recently selected by Forbes.com as a Best of the Web site for car shopping, Cars.com combines powerful inventory search tools and new-car configuration with pricing information, photo galleries, buying guides, side-by-side comparison tools, original editorial content and reviews to help millions of car shoppers connect with sellers each month.
Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures, LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including Belo (NYSE: BLC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB) and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).