Dealer Transformation Index™

Measuring dealer-consumer alignment across continued industry evolution

Urban Science® has teamed up with the Harris Poll to conduct ongoing, comprehensive research on the state of the automotive industry through the eyes of dealers and auto buyers. This page includes ongoing highlights of our findings.

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The EV Future

Prepare to meet growing demand while you still can

The impact of EVs on the future of the automotive industry can’t be overstated. Both auto buyers and dealers recognize and agree electrification has the greatest potential to change the future of the auto industry in the coming years. Preparation and optimization for increasing EV-related sales and service needs is critical – and it all starts with dealer and auto-buyer education.

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Dealership Service

Powering Thriving Dealerships With Dealer Service

Across myriad industry shifts and evolutions, healthy dealership service operations have powered thriving dealerships. Service lanes not only deliver high-margin engagements on the back end, they drive meaningful interactions that can build long-term loyalty that leads to future sales as well. To create, nurture and make the most of these opportunities, it’s critical dealers and OEMs recognize auto-buyer perceptions about how franchise stores stack up against independent repair shops – and adjust their approaches to mitigate risks and seize lucrative opportunities now and in the future.

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Digital Retailing

Finding a Sustainable Middle Ground Between Dealers, Customers and OEMs

While digital channels have been embraced for many years in dealership sales and service operations, today a number of OEMs believe there’s significant opportunity to offer a complete end-to-end purchase experience that happens entirely online.

But is that what customers really want? Or do consumers still value the in-person dealership experience – even if there are some elements of it they dislike? The answers may surprise you and should guide OEMs and dealers toward a thoughtful approach to creating the purchase processes of tomorrow.

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August 17th,  2022 Press Release

U.S. auto dealership count remains stable; EV adoption surges in Florida, southeast in first half of 2022

DETROIT, August 18, 2022 – Urban Science® today announced highlights from its 2022 midyear Automotive Franchise Activity Report (FAR), which shows continued stability for the U.S. automotive retail network despite […]

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December 1st,  2022 Article

Service Lanes: The Untapped Powerhouse for New-Vehicle Sales.

Measuring service-to-sales conversion performance is key. Know how you stack up.

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November 21st,  2022 Article

Long Beach Urban Scientists mesh philanthropy, volunteerism to support foster kids through Together We Rise

This fall, Long Beach-based Urban Scientists doubled down on their commitment to #Community by coming together to assemble activity kits with Together We Rise, a non-profit that works to improve […]

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November 16th,  2022 Article

In an Ever-Changing Marketplace, You Need Timely and Actionable Defection Data on Your Side.

There are a number of factors contributing to the roller coaster-like ride of the automotive marketplace. Macro-economic conditions are slowing demand and moderating prices at the same time as production and inventory levels are rebounding off their pandemic-related lows.

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November 11th,  2022 Article

Urban Science New Jersey team fights hunger in its community

Earlier this fall, our Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, team members came together to make a positive impact on their neighbors in need by volunteering with the Community Foodbank of New Jersey.

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November 11th,  2022 Article

Urban Science president gifts $1 million to support Wayne State University military and veteran students, honor American war hero

In late October, at a ceremony attended by Wayne State University military and veteran students alongside university leadership and faculty…

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November 3rd,  2022 Press Release

Urban Science launches SalesAlert™, the only technology that notifies dealers when a customer buys a car at a same- or competitive-brand dealership.

Urban Science® today announced the launch of SalesAlert™, an industry first solution that notifies car dealers when a sales lead has purchased a vehicle from another dealership.

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October 24th,  2022 Article

Urban Scientists Join Life Remodeled to Beautify Detroit’s West Side

On October 4, 2022, 17 Detroit-based Urban Scientists spent the day volunteering with Life Remodeled, a non-profit focused on the intentional and equitable revitalization of Detroit neighborhoods.

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October 13th,  2022 Case Study

Finding a Sustainable Middle Ground Between Dealers, Customers and OEMs

While digital channels have been embraced for many years in dealership sales and service operations, today, a number of OEMs believe there’s significant opportunity to offer a complete end-to-end purchase experience that happens entirely online.

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September 28th,  2022 Press Release

Urban Science launches industry first solution to help dealer groups inform high-stakes M&A decisions with near-real-time industry sales data, scientific precision

Urban Science® today announced the launch of MarketGrowth™, a first-of-its-kind, best-in-class solution that taps the company’s unrivaled near-real-time industry sales* data to empower dealer groups, marketing agencies and the consultants who support them to better understand market performance and potential across all brands and geographies.

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September 22nd,  2022 Case Study

ServiceView drives 39% increase in dealership RO volume, uptick in other key metrics

The Problem Due to overall industry factors, dealership leaders needed to maximize service retention and boost aftersales revenue to compensate for a deficiency in new vehicle sales. Beyond that, as […]

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September 22nd,  2022 Case Study

VDX.tv + Urban Science – Building Automotive Solutions together

With over 60 years of combined experience in the auto industry, and relationships with most major OEMs, Urban Science and VDX.tv have collaborated to build analytically driven marketing solutions that […]

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August 25th,  2022 Case Study

From intern to mentor and STEM diversity advocate: an Urban Scientist’s formula for success

For many years, Urban Science’s internship program has unlocked new pathways for personal and professional growth by empowering college students and new employees to develop their professional and interpersonal skills […]

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July 25th,  2022 Blog

Inspiring the Next Generation: UK Office Hosts Girls School for STEM-Focused Career Day

At Urban Science, we’re dedicated to making a positive impact in our global communities. And one of the ways we do that is through STEM enrichment programs that create new […]

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July 21st,  2022 Case Study

Converting open Takata Airbag recalls into an opportunity for increased brand loyalty

The Problem Despite ongoing efforts, a major North American OEM still had many vehicles on the road in need of recall repairs related to Takata Airbags. They found that despite […]

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July 20th,  2022 Case Study

Urban Science summer internship program meshes legacy, opportunity to drive learning and growth

At Urban Science, our vision is a world in which innovation is powered by science and inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit to invent a better future. As we forge ahead […]

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July 7th,  2022 Article

Q&A: Preparing the Automotive Industry for a World Without Browser Cookies

The advent and evolution of digital marketing and advertising have unlocked seemingly endless opportunities for automotive brands – including the OEMs, dealers and AdTech companies we serve – to create […]

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June 29th,  2022 Article

Urban Science named Corporate Partner of the Year by The Engineering Society of Detroit

Urban Science Founder and President Jim Anderson, alongside several Urban Science team members, recently attended The Engineering Society of Detroit’s (ESD) Annual Dinner at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. The […]

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May 12th,  2022 Article

Urban Science gift-matching program donates nearly $26,000 to aid Ukraine relief efforts

Donations – comprising $10,651 in employee contributions and a $15,000 corporate gift – will support efforts to alleviate suffering in Ukraine and surrounding areas. Urban Science is an organization powered […]

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April 10th,  2022 Article

The EV Future

Through our research and findings we created a new, science-based methodology for capturing and analyzing the evolving views of the auto-buying public regarding the relevance of traditional automotive dealerships in the vehicle-buying process.

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April 10th,  2022 Article

Introducing the Urban Science Dealership Transformation Index

Through our research and findings we created a new, science-based methodology for capturing and analyzing the evolving views of the auto-buying public regarding the relevance of traditional automotive dealerships in the vehicle-buying process.

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April 8th,  2022 Case Study

Capturing opportunity and demand in a lean inventory market

Urban Science Data and efficient marketing campaign using off-lease consumer data drives positive returns for dealers during lean inventory environment.

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March 21st,  2022 Press Release

Car Wars and Urban Science Team Up to Help Dealers Understand Defections and Motivate Qualified Leads

Car Wars has collaborated with Urban Science to bring dealers three game-changing offerings to turn every lost sale into an opportunity for improvement: SalesAlert, TrafficView, and AutoHook.

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  • MANUFACTURER
  • NETWORKPERFORMANCE

    Proactive network management to connect today’s consumers with automotive more efficiently.

  • SALESPERFORMANCE

    Uncover what really impacts daily performance to grow market share.

  • AFTERSALESPERFORMANCE

    Bring customers back to increase service retention and build long-term loyalty.

  • MARKETINGPERFORMANCE

    Scientific precision to make every marketing dollar work harder.

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FEATURED

Service Lanes: The Untapped Powerhouse for New-Vehicle Sales.

Measuring service-to-sales conversion performance is key. Know how you stack up.

Long Beach Urban Scientists mesh philanthropy, volunteerism to support foster kids through Together We Rise

This fall, Long Beach-based Urban Scientists doubled down on their commitment to #Community by coming together to assemble activity kits with Together We Rise, a non-profit that works to improve […]

In an Ever-Changing Marketplace, You Need Timely and Actionable Defection Data on Your Side.

There are a number of factors contributing to the roller coaster-like ride of the automotive marketplace. Macro-economic conditions are slowing demand and moderating prices at the same time as production and inventory levels are rebounding off their pandemic-related lows.