Automotive

Murano Breaking New Ground

Nissan recently announced it will be adding an innovative bodystyle to its Murano line-up: a two-door soft-top it calls the CrossCabrio. It will retain the Murano’s drivetrain, including all-wheel-drive availability so potentially a vehicle for all seasons. Compete used a combination of survey and clickstream to determine some early consumer perceptions of the vehicle and the environment in which it will play. Styling Sends a Message Murano styling has always been unique

Identity Crisis 2011: Automotive Re-branding During the Big Game

Each year, three product categories seem to garner a larger share of the Big Game’s vaunted ad time; Beer, Snacks and Cars. 2011 was no different for automakers, as ten brands chimed in with a total of nineteen ads, and each spent about $100,000 per second to do so. Identity was the name of the game this time around, with several brands presenting either a reinforcement or complete change of

The Mazda Evolution: Brand Awareness Driving Sales

Compete, Inc. Original Research Mazda’s Evolution For Many years, Mazda has had a relatively distinctive image in the U.S.  It is often seen as the sportiest of the Japanese brands, fostered by its participation Mazda is evolving in an effort to drive sales.  To set the stage, Compete used several of its automotive metrics, which leverage its industry-leading panel size and patented normalization techniques. Keeping Zoom, Adding WPP Mazda has

Does Chevrolet Have Hits with the Cruze and Volt?

The new General Motors is about to officially take its place with its looming IPO and the evolution of its product line up. Key new models from Chevrolet – the recently launched Cruze and new Volt – are critical models that showcase what’s new in design, technology and marketing from GM. Given their importance to GM, Compete assessed how both vehicles are doing in their early stages of launch and

Cloudy With A Chance Of Sales

One of the key analytics in Compete’s arsenal of online tools is a measure of automotive demand, or how many in-market consumers are shopping for a particular make or model during a given timeframe. Automotive demand is critical in understanding the impact of marketing efforts as well as understanding a vehicle’s sales potential. But while demand improves the potential for sales, it correlates to sales only to the extent that

Sonata Most Shopped Model in May

As the US economy slowly emerges from recession, one encouraging sign of recovery is in-market shopper demand* for new cars and trucks. Thus far in 2010 the number of new vehicle shoppers has increased to levels not seen for at least two years. In May 2010, new vehicle demand totaled 2.8 million shoppers, its highest level since February 2008. Given overall market trends, most brands have seen more shoppers. However,