Monthly AutoVIBES Report Provides Demographics of Vehicle Shoppers before Cars Hit Marketplace


Monthly AutoVIBES Report Provides Demographics of Vehicle Shoppers before Cars Hit Marketplace

IRVINE, Calif, February 17, 2003 - AutoVIBES, a monthly automotive omnibus study from Harris Interactive? and Kelley Blue Book tracking new vehicle nameplates, now provides customized shopper profiles for vehicle and vehicle segments before the first vehicle is ever sold.

Since October of 2003, AutoVIBES has tracked car shoppers' awareness, attribute ratings, favorability and buying intentions of new vehicle nameplates before they hit the marketplace. Detailed demographic information is collected as part of the study allowing Harris Interactive and Kelley Blue Book to identify profiles of shoppers of each new vehicle. Additionally, data can be compiled and trended beginning several months before a vehicle is sold and tracked all the way through its consumer introduction and sale.

"Many marketers look at the demographics of vehicle registrations months after a car has been in the consumer marketplace to determine whether or not it's being purchased by its intended segment," said Rick Wainschel, director of marketing research at Kelley Blue Book. "Through AutoVIBES, manufacturers and vehicle marketers can see intender profiles long before the first car is ever sold."


Demographic Information by Make/Model
Chevy Aveo: 41% of those considering an Aveo are age 45 or older
Ford Freestar: 44% of Freestar considerers do not have kids under the age of 18 living in the household
Kia Amanti: 20% of those considering an Amanti are African American
Nissan Pathfinder Armada: 52% of shoppers considering the Armada are women
Scion xA: 75% of xA intenders are male and 41% are age 45 or older
          -Above data is a compilation of results from AutoVIBES October 2003 through January 2004.


Among those who intend to buy a hybrid vehicle:
61 % are men
71 % are age 35 or older
56 % are college graduates
35 % have an annual household income under $50,000
75 % are Caucasian
83 % are considering a Toyota
61 % are considering a Honda
          --Above data is a compilation of results from AutoVIBES October 2003 through December 2003

AutoVIBES is a monthly omnibus survey of 1,500 - 2,000 in-market vehicle buyers who plan to purchase or lease a new vehicle within the next 12 months. The survey is conducted on Kelley Blue Book's Web site, ( the most visited Web site among in-market vehicle buyers, and is designed and analyzed jointly by Harris Interactive and Kelley Blue Book Marketing Research. Based on the first several months of AutoVIBES, 15% of omnibus respondents are within one week of purchasing or leasing a new vehicle and 50% are between eight and 90 days of purchasing or leasing a new vehicle.

"AutoVIBES truly offers a prescient view of consumer attitudes and vehicle buying intentions in this ultra-competitive U.S. auto industry," said Scott D. Upham, senior vice president of Automotive & Transportation Research for Harris Interactive. "Not only are there standard questions regarding new nameplates, but AutoVIBES also allows manufacturers to insert any vehicle related question for proprietary marketing needs."

For more information on AutoVIBES or obtaining customized demographic intention profile reports for specific makes, models or vehicle segments, contact Harris Interactive or Kelley Blue Book at: 1-877-919-4765, or

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