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 21st,  2022 Blog

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 21st,  2022 Blog

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 17th,  2021 Blog

Urban Science’s Nashville team holds diaper drive to help children, families in need

Urban Scientists in Music City recently put our commitment to community into practice to assist Nashville Diaper Connection (NDC) on its mission to ensure every baby in Davidson County – home to Nashville – has enough diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy. 

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November 17th,  2021 Blog

Urban Science’s Nashville team holds diaper drive to help children, families in need

Urban Scientists in Music City recently put our commitment to community into practice to assist Nashville Diaper Connection (NDC) on its mission to ensure every baby in Davidson County – home to Nashville – has enough diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy. 

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November 11th,  2021 Blog

Detroit-based Urban Scientists team up with Life Remodeled to beautify the Motor City

Earlier this month, more than 30 Urban Scientists who work in our company’s Detroit headquarters came together and rolled up their sleeves to support the Life Remodeled Six-Day Project […]

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November 11th,  2021 Blog

Detroit-based Urban Scientists team up with Life Remodeled to beautify the Motor City

Earlier this month, more than 30 Urban Scientists who work in our company’s Detroit headquarters came together and rolled up their sleeves to support the Life Remodeled Six-Day Project […]

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November 8th,  2021 Blog

Urban Science awards $25,000 to create engineering pathways for metro Detroit girls, diversify STEM fields

Detroit-headquartered company’s expanded commitment to ESD Girls in Engineering Academy marks $50,000 in total support since 2020 
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November 8th,  2021 Blog

Urban Science awards $25,000 to create engineering pathways for metro Detroit girls, diversify STEM fields

Detroit-headquartered company’s expanded commitment to ESD Girls in Engineering Academy marks $50,000 in total support since 2020 
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November 4th,  2021 Blog

Urban Scientists gather to celebrate Diwali, India’s biggest and most important holiday

Detroit-based Urban Scientists recently met up for our company’s annual Diwali celebration lunch organized by our headquarters’ employee committee and our colleagues of Indian heritage.

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November 4th,  2021 Blog

Urban Scientists gather to celebrate Diwali, India’s biggest and most important holiday

Detroit-based Urban Scientists recently met up for our company’s annual Diwali celebration lunch organized by our headquarters’ employee committee and our colleagues of Indian heritage.

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October 20th,  2021 Blog

Urban Science CIO Elizabeth Klee earns top honor from MichiganCIO

We’re proud to announce Elizabeth Klee – our company’s top tech leader – was awarded a MichiganCIO 2021 CIO of the Year ORBIE Award during a recent ceremony […]

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October 20th,  2021 Blog

Urban Science CIO Elizabeth Klee earns top honor from MichiganCIO

We’re proud to announce Elizabeth Klee – our company’s top tech leader – was awarded a MichiganCIO 2021 CIO of the Year ORBIE Award during a recent ceremony […]

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August 21st,  2021 Blog

3 Key Considerations for OEMs and Dealers for Electric Vehicle Aftersales

With the projected growth of Electric Vehicles on the horizon, early adopters get the worm – and the sooner OEMs and Dealers prepare, the more competitively they will be positioned […]

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August 21st,  2021 Blog

3 Key Considerations for OEMs and Dealers for Electric Vehicle Aftersales

With the projected growth of Electric Vehicles on the horizon, early adopters get the worm – and the sooner OEMs and Dealers prepare, the more competitively they will be positioned […]

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June 3rd,  2021 Blog

Attention: You may not have your consumers’ attention.

Urban Science’s recent online study revealed automotive marketers might not be capturing their audiences’ attention like they think they are.

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June 3rd,  2021 Blog

Attention: You may not have your consumers’ attention.

Urban Science’s recent online study revealed automotive marketers might not be capturing their audiences’ attention like they think they are.

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March 18th,  2021 Blog

The Unbreakable Value Of The In-Person Test Drive

If there has ever been any doubt regarding the relevance of the in-person test drive, we have confirmed loud and clear that it is here to stay.

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March 18th,  2021 Blog

The Unbreakable Value Of The In-Person Test Drive

If there has ever been any doubt regarding the relevance of the in-person test drive, we have confirmed loud and clear that it is here to stay.

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February 5th,  2021 Blog

In-Market Shoppers Online Behavior Unlocked

During the coronavirus pandemic, many of us find ourselves online more – browsing, connecting with friends, or simply passing time – but how much more is more? In a recent […]

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February 5th,  2021 Blog

In-Market Shoppers Online Behavior Unlocked

During the coronavirus pandemic, many of us find ourselves online more – browsing, connecting with friends, or simply passing time – but how much more is more? In a recent […]

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December 11th,  2020 Blog

Offline sales measurement: How it fits and why you need to have it

Measuring digital media with offline sales has historically been a challenge for automotive advertisers.

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December 11th,  2020 Blog

Offline sales measurement: How it fits and why you need to have it

Measuring digital media with offline sales has historically been a challenge for automotive advertisers.

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November 9th,  2020 Blog

Dealer Survey Points to Three Ways to Combat Inventory Shortage Problems

Exploring recent survey data from the Urban Science® COVID-19 Dealer Survey This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Urban Science to understand the impact of the pandemic on […]

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November 9th,  2020 Blog

Dealer Survey Points to Three Ways to Combat Inventory Shortage Problems

Exploring recent survey data from the Urban Science® COVID-19 Dealer Survey This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Urban Science to understand the impact of the pandemic on […]

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June 18th,  2020 Blog

Automotive sales are down, but not gone – now is not the time to go quiet

The new normal. I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase a time or two recently, as people continue to adjust to the massive disruption caused by COVID-19. But what is the […]

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June 18th,  2020 Blog

Automotive sales are down, but not gone – now is not the time to go quiet

The new normal. I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase a time or two recently, as people continue to adjust to the massive disruption caused by COVID-19. But what is the […]

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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.

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.