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Old 01-23-2009, 08:02 AM   #1
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Default Honda Steals The Show With The Best Online Ranking For Automotive Sites

Honda ranks highest among auto man. Web sites according to JD Powers for new vehicle shopping

Associates 2009 Manufacturer Web Site Evaluation StudySM (MWES)—Wave 1 released today.

The semi-annual study measures the usefulness of automotive manufacturer Web sites during the new-vehicle shopping process. New-vehicle shoppers evaluate Web sites in four key areas: appearance, speed, navigation and information/content.

Honda ranks highest with an index score of 882 on a 1,000-point scale—marking a 14-point increase from the last wave of the study, which was released in June 2008. Following Honda in the rankings and rounding out the top five automotive Web sites are Porsche (867), Mitsubishi (866), Kia (865) and Acura (862).

“Honda resolved some minor navigation issues on their Web site, which helped them improve upon their fourth-place ranking in the previous wave,” said Scott Kane, senior manager of marketing/media research at J.D. Power and Associates. “Currently, the Honda Web site performs well in all measures and demonstrates particular strength in speed, navigation and demonstrating options, features and specifications.”

The study finds that overall site usefulness for the industry as a whole has declined by nine points since June 2008, with 16 manufacturer Web sites demonstrating double-digit decreases. This marks the largest wave-over-wave decrease since the study’s inception ten years ago. Overall, the largest declines occur within the “determine monthly payment” and “compare vehicles” attributes of the information/content measure.

“Because of changes in the economic environment, many of today’s new-vehicle shoppers are in a much different —and more challenging—financial position than were shoppers in years past, and many auto manufacturers have not prepared their Web sites accordingly,” said Kane. “For new-vehicle shoppers, having the ability to go online to easily compare vehicles from various manufacturers, figure out monthly payments and find the best deal possible has always been important. However, in these tough financial times, these kinds of considerations have an even greater impact on the shopping process.”

In addition, as marketing budgets for automakers tighten, manufacturer Web sites are becoming less capable of meeting the increasing expectations of shoppers. For example, as some manufacturers have refreshed or redesigned their models, they have limited the variety of vehicle images on their Web sites, or have simplified their photo and video offerings.

“Likely due to budget cuts, some sites that once had beautiful images in city and off-road settings from multiple angles showing off their vehicles’ capabilities—things that resonated with consumers—have scaled back on the images offered,” said Kane. “A hurdle that manufacturers are facing involves obtaining the high-quality content they need for their Web sites—such as images, video and animations—in a cost-effective way. Finding synergies within their organizations as they create content for various marketing needs—both online and offline—will be critical in continuing to meet new-vehicle shoppers’ needs.”

The study also finds that the more useful a manufacturer Web site is, the more traffic it is likely to drive to dealerships.

“While it may be tempting for manufacturers to scale back development and maintenance of their Web sites, improved Web site design can translate into a higher volume of sales and a positive return on investment,” said Kane. “Now, more than ever, it is essential for manufacturers to be strategic about their marketing efforts to capture their share of the diminishing number of new-vehicle shoppers.”

The 2009 Manufacturer Web Site Evaluation Study—Wave 1 is based on evaluations gathered in November 2008 from more than 11,400 new-vehicle shoppers who indicated they would be in the market for a new vehicle within the next 24 months.


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Old 01-23-2009, 08:04 AM   #2
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Wow ,I thought Subaru would of been higher 845 and Toyota was low too.Subaru was 2 notches above Chrysler.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:28 AM   #3
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both Toyota and Subaru's websites are horrible, you cannot see the changes to the vehicle as you configure it. Not to say they are as bad as Chevrolet's, hell you cant even see the vehicle in the color you choose when you configure them on there.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:33 AM   #4
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then again what is Mitsubishi and Kia doing up top
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:06 AM   #5
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Another JD Power survey that doesn't make any sense to me. Trust these guys to figure out the most irrelevant subjects to survey on.
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:46 AM   #6
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the scion website really is THAT bad, geez

the big video playing in the background is just obnoxious
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Originally Posted by sub9lulu View Post
then again what is Mitsubishi and Kia doing up top
Mitsubishi's website is really good. Easy to navigate, easy to configure your car. Subaru's website is pretty horrible.
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:10 PM   #8
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I bet Subaru will work on this.They won an Award for their Advertising last year.Sooo..
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