Cars.com Names Honda CR-V and Toyota Camry Top Redesigns of the Year

     Cars.com Names Honda CR-V and Toyota Camry Top Redesigns of the Year

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The editors at Cars.com, the premier
online resource for new and used vehicles, today named the Honda CR-V and
Toyota Camry the top redesigned cars of the year. The Redesign Index takes
into account a number of factors, including sales, to determine which
redesigns were the most successful for automakers.

"Not all redesigns are equally successful, but the Camry and CR-V scored big
among top-selling models," said Kelsey Mays, Industry Analyst at Cars.com.
"The Camry drew huge appeal from car shoppers, and the CR-V has been equally
popular among shoppers and has also been a Cars.com favorite this year,
winning the Cars.com/USA Today Compact SUV Shootout."

Car manufacturers can spend $1 billion or more to develop new or redesigned
cars, so sales are a significant indicator of success. The new index created
by Cars.com takes a deeper dive into those figures to determine which
redesigned cars rose above the others. Cars.com experts crunched numbers for
61 redesigns or introductions, and grouped cars into three categories
representing their annual sales numbers in order to level the playing field.
"After all, lesser selling models can easily double their sales with a sharp
redesign, but market saturation makes it harder for a popular model to do the
same," said Mays.

"Automakers count on redesigns to boost sales," said Mays. "Though they are
costly, the payoff tends to be significant, however not all are as successful
as the Camry and CR-V. We took a look at an array of 2012 redesigns to
determine which followed the pattern of outselling their predecessors and
which fell short."

For full results of Cars.com's 2012 Redesign Index, visit www.blogs.cars.com.
For current inventory listings of these cars or any new car on the market,
visit www.cars.com/for-sale/.

ABOUT CARS.COM

Cars.com is an award-winning online destination for car shoppers that offers
information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on
what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. Cars.com offers
thousands of new and used vehicle listings, consumer reviews, side-by-side
comparison tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and many
other tools. Cars.com put millions of car buyers in control of their shopping
process with the information they need to make confident buying decisions.
Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures LLC,
which is owned by leading media companies, including A.H. Belo (NYSE: AHC),
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune
Company and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).

SOURCE Cars.com

Website: http://www.cars.com
Contact: Ethan Hertzberg, +1-312-601-5685