xxx - Consumers were apparently sensitive to a recent dip in factory incentives. Although still higher than a year-ago April, incentives fell to an average of $3,591 per vehicle from an average of $3,769 per vehicle in March. One-third of potential car
Description: As you know, in response to trends we observed in the evolution of the online automotive customer last year, we launched the first two phases of our Quality Verification SystemSM, designed to increase the quality of the customers that we send to you. Phase One placed strong language on our sites to encourage "Serious Buyers Only," and Phase Two instituted a rigorous quality scrubbing system for all customers. In 2003, we have continued to measure the behavior and quality of online automotive consumers and have identified another "quality target": consumers who have surfed in through a "spam" email campaign. As the Internet has matured and "spam" has proliferated across the Internet, email campaigns have drastically diminished in value and effectiveness, typically resulting in lower quality customers who are less serious buyers. We have watched this development closely over the past months and, as a result, have instituted Phase Three of our Quality Verification SystemSM our improved "No Spam" policy. What does this mean? 1. Autobytel will not utilize mass email campaigns to solicit vehicle Purchase Requests. 2. Our affiliate partners have been informed that they are no longer to send us vehicle Purchase Requests acquired as a result of "spam" email campaigns. We are pleased that our affiliates are embracing this important policy.We also encourage your participation in this effort. If you should encounter a "spam" email campaign that is purportedly connected to Autobytel, we request that you forward the email to email@example.com so that we can investigate and take action. We will continue to communicate with consumers through our popular monthly automotive newsletters and other information-based mailings. Millions of our website customers have asked to receive these useful and informative mailings, and we have found that these customers have a high likelihood of purchasing a car through one of our member dealers. We are proud of the dramatic improvements we have made over the past year in customer quality and are very gratified that the results are demonstrable in higher closing ratios for our member dealers. As the Automotive Internet continues to mature and evolve, we will continue to take the industry lead in utilizing innovative online marketing technologies to target - and capture - the most serious online car buyers for your dealerships. As always, we welcome your feedback. Please do not hesitate to contact your Autobytel Inc. Regional Director or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electronic Data Systems Cuts Dividend - Electronic Data Systems Corp.'s board cut the company's quarterly dividend to 5 cents from 15 cents, noting that the move brings the dividend in line with market rates.
Alliance Air to phase out Boeings - Calcutta, July 31: Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Indian Airlines, has floated a tender for phasing out the existing Boeing 737s and replace them with Airbus 319s.
GM Says May Phase Out One of Its Brands - General Motors Corp.'s chief of product development on Wednesday warned that GM, whichissued a shock profit warning last week and has been losingmarket share, may phase out one of its weaker car brands ifsales fail to meet projections.
New Car Test Drive - 1998 Jaguar XK8 Conv. - Amazing grace. Base Price $65,480 As Tested $70,480 It takes more than a brilliant new car to restore the fortunes of a company in decline, but if any one car can do that, then Jaguar's XK8 is such a car. Jaguar's brilliant revival dates back to 1989
Consumer Test Drive - 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 - Overall Rating: Comfort Rating: Performance Rating: Quality Rating: Appearance Rating: Favorite Feature: The stability of the vehicle Least Favorite Feature: The automatic locking motor of the tail gate. If you slam it too many times it'll stop