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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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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June 10th,  2021 Article

Getting Ready for the Second Wave of Electrification

The second wave of electrification is gaining momentum from both the public and private sectors. Investments made today in the nation’s electrification infrastructure promise significant dividends when electrification scales up to reach these second-wave buyers.

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May 11th,  2021 Article

Agency model poses challenges – and opportunities – for dealers.

Much has already been written about the possible move from franchise to agency in automotive. With relatively few case studies to draw data from, educated speculation abounds.

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July 22nd,  2020 Article

Creating a healthy network in a pandemic age

Network Planning with Simon Bradley, Global Practice Director – Network, Urban Science

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May 7th,  2020 Article

Beyond the Crisis: Executing Tomorrow’s Strategy Starts Today

COVID-19 Strategies with Simon Bradley, Global Practice Director – Network, Urban Science The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the world – literally. Read about the automotive industry, both today and moving […]

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March 30th,  2020 Article

The Achilles Heel of “I Know”

The importance of paying attention to what the data is telling you.

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March 4th,  2020 Infographic

Urban Science Harris Poll

Dealer and consumer insights from the Urban Science Harris Poll Survey

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November 11th,  2019 Infographic

Social Science Meets Urban Science

Dealer and consumer insights from the Urban Science Harris Poll Survey

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August 14th,  2018 Article

The Potential and Pitfalls of Automotive Subscription Services

Automotive Subscription Services offer consumers a new way to use a vehicle and programs are being piloted across the globe.

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July 9th,  2018 Article

The art of applying alternative retail formats

There is an art in applying Alternative Retail Formats, and it’s best revealed through science.

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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.

INSIGHT LAB

FEATURED

The Growing Dealership Dilemma: Get Big or Get Out

A whirlpool of uncertainty is challenging today’s automotive industry – and dealerships are being pulled into the vortex, looking for a way forward in an environment where no easy answers […]

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.

How a dealer leveraged ServiceView to drive month-over-month service performance success to become a top national performing dealer

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