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

Since 2008 vehicles started hitting dealer lots, several new cars that were redesigned for the upcoming 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, continues to be the the most-searched new car on Cars.com. The redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class also remains in the top 10 most-searched new cars on Cars.com in October. The C-Class now ranks sixth among the most searched cars on Cars.com.

"The interest generated for these new vehicles and redesigns has certainly meant good news in for manufacturers and has translated well into sales," said Cars.com managing editor Patrick Olsen. "GM seems to have generated some real interest with their redesigns of the Chevy Malibu, Cadillac CTS and the new GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, both of which are just outside the top ten list of cars experiencing the largest increase in searches."

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 (October)
1Honda Accord
2Honda Civic
3Toyota Camry
4Honda CR-V
5Nissan Altima
6Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7Toyota RAV4
8Ford Mustang
9Toyota Corolla
10Chevrolet Silverado

New Cars with Largest Increase in Searches
1Chevrolet Malibu148%
2Honda Accord29%
3Chevrolet Tahoe27%
4Cadillac CTS27%
5Mercedes-Benz C-Class19%
6Chevrolet Corvette17%
7Acura MDX17%
8Dodge Charger17%
9Volkswagen Jetta14%
10Honda Fit11%

New Cars With Largest Decrease in Searches (October)
1Toyota Highlander9%
2Toyota Yaris5%
3Toyota Sienna4%
4Toyota RAV43%
5Mazda Mazda33%
6Jeep Wrangler2%
7Toyota Camry2%
8Toyota Prius2%
9Nissan Altima2%
10Infiniti G351%

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.

About Cars.com
Partnered with more than 200 leading metro newspapers, television stations and their websites, Cars.com (www.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).

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