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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October 18th,  2022

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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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 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 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 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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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 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 3rd,  2022 Article

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 exist.

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October 3rd,  2022 Article

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 exist.

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September 22nd,  2022 Article

Discover Your Formula: Urban Science’s unique approach to holistic employee support

At Urban Science, we help leading global automakers, their dealerships, and the AdTech companies that support them, create clarity and business certainty in even the most ambiguous market conditions. We […]

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September 22nd,  2022 Article

Discover Your Formula: Urban Science’s unique approach to holistic employee support

At Urban Science, we help leading global automakers, their dealerships, and the AdTech companies that support them, create clarity and business certainty in even the most ambiguous market conditions. We […]

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August 30th,  2022 Article

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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August 30th,  2022 Article

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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August 17th,  2022 Article

Nashville Team Members Fight Food Insecurity Alongside Second Harvest Food Bank

In August 2022, members of our Nashville team made a positive impact on their neighbors in need by spending the day volunteering, including cold-sorting frozen and perishable food donations, with […]

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August 17th,  2022 Article

Nashville Team Members Fight Food Insecurity Alongside Second Harvest Food Bank

In August 2022, members of our Nashville team made a positive impact on their neighbors in need by spending the day volunteering, including cold-sorting frozen and perishable food donations, with […]

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July 26th,  2022 Article

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 26th,  2022 Article

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 Article

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 21st,  2022 Article

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 12th,  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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July 12th,  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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July 11th,  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 meaningful interactions with their target audiences.

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July 11th,  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 meaningful interactions with their target audiences.

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February 22nd,  2022 Article

Urban Science gifts additional $26,000 to WSU to fund National Society of Black Engineers endowed scholarships

Detroit-based automotive consultancy and technology firm has contributed more than $50,000 to endowment fund to date; gifts are helping to narrow the diversity gap in STEM careers, will create a […]

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February 22nd,  2022 Article

Urban Science gifts additional $26,000 to WSU to fund National Society of Black Engineers endowed scholarships

Detroit-based automotive consultancy and technology firm has contributed more than $50,000 to endowment fund to date; gifts are helping to narrow the diversity gap in STEM careers, will create a […]

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September 21st,  2021 Article

How to Cash In on the EV Trifecta: Interested Consumers, EV Education, and Alternative Retail Formats.

The automotive industry is undergoing revolutionary change driven by a combination of government and regulatory pressures, environmental concerns, and growing consumer sentiment.

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September 21st,  2021 Article

How to Cash In on the EV Trifecta: Interested Consumers, EV Education, and Alternative Retail Formats.

The automotive industry is undergoing revolutionary change driven by a combination of government and regulatory pressures, environmental concerns, and growing consumer sentiment.

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September 10th,  2021 Article

The EV Path to the Electrified Future

As the automotive industry gears up for a shift to electric vehicles, EV momentum is on the upswing, with a record number of almost 100 pure battery electric vehicles set to debut by the end of 2024 […]

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September 10th,  2021 Article

The EV Path to the Electrified Future

As the automotive industry gears up for a shift to electric vehicles, EV momentum is on the upswing, with a record number of almost 100 pure battery electric vehicles set to debut by the end of 2024 […]

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September 1st,  2021 Article

Even Though You’re Moving Nearly All Your Inventory, You Could Still Be Losing Customers. Here’s what to do about it.

In today’s challenging retail automotive market — with low inventory due to chip shortages — and a strong trend of consumer demand for new vehicles, it’s easy for dealers to focus on what they don’t have […]

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September 1st,  2021 Article

Even Though You’re Moving Nearly All Your Inventory, You Could Still Be Losing Customers. Here’s what to do about it.

In today’s challenging retail automotive market — with low inventory due to chip shortages — and a strong trend of consumer demand for new vehicles, it’s easy for dealers to focus on what they don’t have […]

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August 26th,  2021 Article

Vehicle Sales and Profitability: What OEMs Need to Do to Make the Numbers Work

Disruptive forces of urbanisation, digitilisation, sustainability and omni-channel retail sales points were already beginning to seriously impact the automotive landscape pre-pandemic […]

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August 26th,  2021 Article

Vehicle Sales and Profitability: What OEMs Need to Do to Make the Numbers Work

Disruptive forces of urbanisation, digitilisation, sustainability and omni-channel retail sales points were already beginning to seriously impact the automotive landscape pre-pandemic […]

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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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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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May 4th,  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.

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May 4th,  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.

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April 16th,  2021 Article

Aftersales After COVID-19: A One-Year Snapshot

The many lessons learned during the pandemic need to be viewed as enhancements, rather than replacements, to the tenets of sound dealership management.

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April 16th,  2021 Article

Aftersales After COVID-19: A One-Year Snapshot

The many lessons learned during the pandemic need to be viewed as enhancements, rather than replacements, to the tenets of sound dealership management.

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March 30th,  2021 Article

Consumers find value in online advertising – on their terms.

It’s no secret that online advertising is a great medium to capture consumers’ attention. In a recent Urban Science online study, we found that 86% of consumers find value in online ads.

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March 30th,  2021 Article

Consumers find value in online advertising – on their terms.

It’s no secret that online advertising is a great medium to capture consumers’ attention. In a recent Urban Science online study, we found that 86% of consumers find value in online ads.

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December 10th,  2020 Article

Continuing through COVID: Are consumer car buying intentions changing all that much?

Urban Science recently commissioned a survey with The Harris Poll to understand how — and if — the pandemic is impacting consumer buying behaviors.

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December 10th,  2020 Article

Continuing through COVID: Are consumer car buying intentions changing all that much?

Urban Science recently commissioned a survey with The Harris Poll to understand how — and if — the pandemic is impacting consumer buying behaviors.

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November 19th,  2020 Article

Collaboration Corner: Urban Science & The Trade Desk

Our collaborator The Trade Desk, recently broke down the 5 big myths of measurement. See what your KPI toolbox might be missing and how Urban Science and The Trade Desk […]

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November 19th,  2020 Article

Collaboration Corner: Urban Science & The Trade Desk

Our collaborator The Trade Desk, recently broke down the 5 big myths of measurement. See what your KPI toolbox might be missing and how Urban Science and The Trade Desk […]

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August 13th,  2020 Article

Collaboration Corner: Urban Science & VDX.TV

Q&A with Carl Matter, Urban Science® VDX.tv’s latest collaboration with Urban Science leverages their data-driven audience segments (specifically new vehicle purchasers and leasees) and helps advertisers in the automotive industry […]

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August 13th,  2020 Article

Collaboration Corner: Urban Science & VDX.TV

Q&A with Carl Matter, Urban Science® VDX.tv’s latest collaboration with Urban Science leverages their data-driven audience segments (specifically new vehicle purchasers and leasees) and helps advertisers in the automotive industry […]

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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.

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.