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Ward's Top 100 e-Dealer List Dominated by Edmunds.com Automotive Data Clients
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — February 11, 2006 —Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, announced that 98 out of the top 100 e-dealers ranked on the Ward's Dealer Business fifth annual "e-Dealer 100" list use ecommerce solutions powered by Edmunds.com data and content. These leading dealerships use Edmunds' data, content, imagery and applications to power their Web sites, inventory listings, used vehicle appraisal applications, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, print marketing and vehicle inventory management and optimization tools.
Wards Dealer Business magazine's "e-Dealer 100" ranks dealerships based on Internet-related sales, which the publication defines as situations when customer contact begins online and is managed by a dedicated Internet department. (The fifth annual Ward's e-Dealer 100 was published in April 2005. Ward's Dealer Business will publish the sixth annual ranking this coming April. Like the 2005 ranking, the upcoming list also will be available at www.WardsAuto.com.)
"These top dealerships employ some of the most progressive marketers in our industry, and we are proud to supply them with the most accurate and compelling vehicle data and content," said Mike Benavides, Director of Business Development and Syndication for Edmunds.com Information Solutions.
Companies that help deliver Edmunds.com services to the "e-Dealer 100" list include American Auto Exchange (a JM Family Enterprise company), Applied Virtual Vision (a division of Autobytel), ClickMotive, DataOne Software, DealerSource.net, DealerWebTools.com, eBizAutos.com, Manheim Auctions, and Reynolds Web Solutions of the The Reynolds and Reynolds Company.
"Having a Web site that combines style with substance is vital. Customers want a convenient shopping experience along with quick access to detailed dealer and inventory information. By teaming with Edmunds.com, we deliver the latest vehicle information. As a result, Reynolds' WebMakerX® sites deliver the results and reliability dealers want, along with the interactive experience and information that car buyers need and want," said Dana Freshman, vice president of Reynolds Sales and F&I Solutions.
Stuart Lloyd, CEO and founder of ClickMotive search engine marketing services and former founder of Third Coast Media has long been at the forefront of providing cutting edge marketing solutions for dealerships. "I've worked with nearly every automotive data provider in the industry and have found Edmunds to be the de facto standard for supplying the most accurate and consumer friendly automotive data and content," noted Lloyd. "Automakers and retail dealerships demand marketing solutions that engage consumers and drive them to their vehicle showrooms."
Edmunds.com Information Solutions was founded in 2001 on the premise that effectively utilized data can empower automotive decisions. The company's data and services currently drive more than 15,000 dealership implementations and hundreds of mission-critical business decisions for many of the largest companies in the automotive industry.
About Edmunds.com, Inc.
Edmunds.com is the premier online resource for automotive information. Its comprehensive set of data, tools and services, including Edmunds.com True Market Value® pricing, is generated by Edmunds.com Information Solutions and is licensed to third parties. The company supplies content for the auto sections of NYTimes.com, AOL, CNN.com and About.com; provides weekly data to Automotive News; and delivers monthly data reports to Wall Street analysts. Edmunds.com also publishes Inside Line (), a free online magazine for auto enthusiasts. Edmunds.com was named "Best Car Research Site" by Forbes ASAP, has been selected by consumers as the "Most Useful Web Site" according to every J.D. Power and Associates New Autoshopper.com StudySM, and was ranked first in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites by The Wall Street Journal. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit.