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2012 Toyota Camry Baseline and Targets

On August 23rd, Toyota launched the 2012 Toyota Camry.  The launch is important to Toyota as since 2007 Camry has accounted for 1 in 5 Toyota US sales, and for many years was the best-selling car in the US.  Since the last Camry launch, Toyota has faced a multi-million vehicle recall and the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami that significantly disrupted production.  Furthermore, segment competition has evolved significantly since Camry’s

Scion Seeks Soul and Souls

The Scion brand was among the first “alternative” automotive youth brands in the US.   Highest-ever monthly sales were 19,252 units in August 2006, but Scion may have lost its soul since.  In 2010 (before any earthquake-related shortages), sales averaged 3,800 units a month.  Compete assessed key drivers of Scion sales (shoppers and conversion) to help reveal the drivers of Scion’s off-pace results, and fielded a survey on consumer perceptions of

Chevrolet Volt vs. Toyota Prius – Let the Pedal Hit the Metal

Recently, Toyota announced that it sold its one millionth Prius. Quite an accomplishment for a first of its kind vehicle that was, in many ways, ahead of its time. It was the first and only true gas/electric hybrid when it launched and was able to carve out a niche among environmentally conscious buyers as well as those concerned about fuel economy. The Honda Insight was its first real hybrid rival

Will We See More Consumer Product Releases Through Facebook?

Today, Oscar de la Renta launched a new fragrance, Espirit d’Oscar. Question: what’s more interesting than the fact that they haven’t released a new fragrance in ten years? Answer: the product release was done entirely through Facebook. While they aren’t the first company to release a new fragrance via Facebook–or even the first to announce a retail product on the social network–Oscar de la Renta’s product launch could be falling

Touchdown for Big Game Automotive Ads?

The Big Game arrived with great fanfare. And once again many brands touted that they were players in the Big Game ad arena. In 2011, many of those brands were automakers. Compete compared un-aided ad recollection with changes in in-market automotive shopper behavior to inform whether these ads are worth the effort—and help drive sales. First Down: Recollection Compete asked about 700 online consumers which auto brand first came to find when