Automotive

At what price can the pace be sustained? Insights into Nissan’s 10% Market Share Goal

Beginning in the 4th quarter of 2011, Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn has proclaimed that the automaker will seek to hold at least 10 percent of U.S. sales nationally (and in every major region of the country) within three years. A leading reason for Ghosn’s aggressive forecast is the momentum that the brand hopes to receive from multiple upcoming launches (e.g., Altima, Sentra, Pathfinder, and JX). To provide further credence to

Hotwire and Carrentals.com Driving Rental Car Success

Image from: Car Keys Image / Shutterstock One of the cheapest ways to travel remains renting a car and driving to your destination – be it a friend’s house, grandma’s or a cheap hotel you found online. Compete investigated the dynamic rental car industry to see who was winning and losing. Market Revving Up The market is healthy; so far in 2012, more people shopped and booked rental cars than

Touchdown for Super Bowl Automotive Ads? [2012 Edition]

Image from: ABC News The 2012 Super Bowl has come and gone and as typical the game’s ads seemed to get as much attention as the game itself, fueled by executives touting their companies’ presence and ad snippets “leaked” in advance.  Again in 2012, many advertisers were automakers.  Compete compared un-aided ad recollection with changes in in-market automotive shopper volume to inform whether these ads were productive in driving near-term

The Truth About TrueCar

Image from: TrueCar TrueCar posted dramatic growth through the end of 2011.  But late in the year news coverage went through the roof with a decidedly negative tone. It seemed like each week there was a story about TrueCar either at odds with a state’s Attorney General or with a particular manufacturer. Many were skeptical of TrueCar business practices – use local new car pricing data to determine what’s “fair”

Infiniti JX to Chart New Territory

Acura has sold an average of 45,000 MDX’s per year over the past 5 years and Infiniti has some MDX envy. A keyselling point of the MDX, Infiniti believes, is its packaging including a third row seat—something all Infiniti’s except the industrial-sized Infiniti QX lack. To address that, Infiniti is launching its new Infiniti JX featuring a third row seat. The JX will slot between the QX and smaller FX in

Free Report: U.S. Auto Industry: 2011 in Review

Image from: Eric Broder Van Dyke / Shutterstock 2011 was a dynamic year for the U.S. automotive industry led by an increase in demand for new vehicles that resulted in a market-wide sales increase for the second consecutive year. In this special analysis, Kantar Media Compete will investigate several of these key 2011 storylines at a market-wide, make, and model level. Download this free whitepaper and you’ll learn: – At

Do Acura Fans Care About Jerry Seinfeld?

Image from: Por Homme As a longtime Seinfeld fan, I was excited to see none other than Jerry Seinfeld himself starring in a commercial for the new Acura NSX on Sunday. The commercial follows Seinfeld on his quest to bribe the man in line to receive the first of Acura’s hot new concept vehicles. The spot featured Seinfeld’s classic humor and even included a tribute to the iconic Soup Nazi. I thought

Insights into Fiat 500′s below Expectation Sales Performance

Throughout the last month, Fiat has experienced its share of tumultuous news. It began with a third quarter financial report that stated how Fiat (excluding Chrysler) lost $285 million in global profit while the brand it rescued, Chrysler, made $451 million and pulled the combined company into the black.  One of the leading culprits of Fiat’s below expectation performance is the Fiat 500 which has fallen behind its North American

Cruze to Market

Many call the Chevrolet Cruze the brand’s best small car ever.  Cruze sales in CY 2011 have averaged over 20,000 units each month—that’s about 13% of all Chevrolet sales—and Advertising Age just reported “Cruze” is one of the hottest automotive brands.  Launching a new model is hard enough; sustaining interest is just as hard and in November GM announced it was slowing Cruze production as sales cooled. To assess the

Webinar Replay: The Evolution of the Compact Car Segment and the Role Played by Social Media

Image from:Luti / Shutterstock The online automotive channel continues to increase in complexity – social media, model search, online shopping behavior- it can be difficult to stay in touch with the latest trends. Join us for a free webinar as Compete dives into the automotive industry and looks at how social media is impacting and engaging shoppers. Compete recently hosted a webinar where we dived into the compact car segment

Scion Music Measures

Scion has always been somewhat of an experimental brand, from marketing tactics to product design.  Music continues to play a lead role in Scion’s strategy: In July, Pandora and Scion announced that Pandora’s service would be offered in the Scion xB and tC.   And Scion recently announced it was going to effectively become an indie music label, with the Scion AV project (see scionav.com). However, Jack Hollis, Scion senior vice