Press Release

Media Inquiries Only

For interview requests and media inquiries only, please contact:


Jackie Brennan

312-601-6229

pr@cars.com


If you have a question not related to media relations, please call customer service at (888) 780-1286 or contact us here.

 

Consumer Searches for Several 2008 Redesigned Vehicles Soar on Cars.com

Several new cars that were redesigned for the 2008 model year are generating significant interest among consumers shopping at Cars.com, according to the latest Cars.com Consumer Search Index.

The redesigned Honda Accord, which was ranked third in August, is now the most-searched new car on Cars.com. The redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class also cracked the top 10 most-searched new cars on Cars.com in September. This is the first time the C-Class, which now ranks eighth, has cracked the top 10 this year.

"The jump in searches on Cars.com is translating into positive sales news for manufacturers," said Cars.com managing editor Patrick Olsen. "At a time when sales were expected to be slow, the new Honda Accord, Cadillac CTS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are all seeing increases in sales, which is crucial for their companies."

Other redesigned or new vehicles that are seeing a significant increase in traffic on Cars.com include the Infiniti G37 and Cadillac CTS. All of the redesigned vehicles that have experienced an increase in search activity have received positive reviews and, in many cases, have benefited from a significant marketing push by the manufacturers.

Below are the new cars with the most searches on Cars.com and the cars experiencing the largest increases and decreases month over month.

Top New Car Searches (September)
1Honda Accord
2Honda Civic
3Toyota Camry
4Nissan Altima
5Honda CR-V
6Toyota RAV4
7Toyota Corolla
8Mercedes-Benz C-Class
9Ford Mustang
10Toyota Highlander

New Cars With Largest Increase in Searches (September)
1Infiniti G3740%
2Cadillac CTS21%
3Mercedes-Benz C-Class20%
4Honda Accord18%
5Volvo C3012%
6Jeep Liberty7%
7Chrysler Town & Country6%
8Volvo XC703%
9Mazda CX-91%
10Chrysler Aspen.43%

New Cars with Largest Decrease in Searches (September)
1Toyota Camry Hybrid38%
2Hyundai Santa Fe35%
3Honda Pilot33%
4Hyundai Sonata33%
5Mitsubishi Eclipse31%
6Saturn Vue31%
7Saturn Sky30%
8Infiniti G3530%
9Hyundai Elantra30%
10Volkswagen Passat29%

About Cars.com

Partnered with more than 200 leading metro newspapers, television stations and their websites, 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 14,000 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. 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).

About the Cars.com Consumer Search Index
The Cars.com Consumer Search Index offers a comprehensive look at the internet search behavior of Cars.com visitors. The statistical information is compiled by tracking the more than 8 million unique visitors that log on to Cars.com each month and the vehicles that are most popular. Cars need to meet a minimum number of searches to qualify for the various top ten lists.

Location

175 W Jackson Blvd
8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: 312-601-5000
Fax: 312-601-5755

Key Contacts

Advertising

Michael Kraut
Vice President of National Sales

mkraut@cars.com


Business Development

CarsBusinessDevelopment@cars.com


Media Inquiries

PR Department
312.601.6229

pr@cars.com


Customer Support

Josh Chapman
Vice President of Operations

jchapman@cars.com