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12/02/2009 - TORRANCE, Calif. -

Acura announced today that for the second consecutive year it received the Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) 2010 Residual Value Award for Best Luxury Brand. According to ALG, Acura's line of luxury performance vehicles is expected to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period. Acura beat out other luxury brands such as Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz for the highly coveted award.

"It is an honor to win the award for Best Luxury Brand a second year in a row," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "It sends a clear message to our customers that Acura vehicles represent a smart choice in today's luxury market".

Residual value is a measure used to recognize vehicle quality, reliability and overall brand strength. ALG determines the award winners after carefully studying the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Key factors that affect ALG's residual value forecasts include vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, pricing strategies and resale performance.

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Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 270 dealers within the United States. The 2010 Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan, the turbocharged RDX luxury crossover SUV, the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the all-new ZDX four-door sports coupe.

About ALG
Based in Santa Barbara, California, ALG is a leading provider of data and consulting services to the automotive industry. ALG publishes the "Automotive Lease Guide" – the standard for Residual Value projections in North America, and has been forecasting automotive residual values for over 40 years in both the U.S. and Canadian markets. ALG is a company of DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRAK).

For media information and high-resolution photos of all Acura vehicles, please visit Acura Media Newsroom: Headlines. For consumer information, please visit Acura.com ? Official Home of Acura Cars and SUVs.


12/02/2009 - TORRANCE, Calif. -

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today announced that it has received three Residual Value Awards from ALG. ALG's 11th annual Residual Value Awards, for the 2010 model year, honored the vehicles in each industry segment that ALG predicts will retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period.

The Accord won the award in the Best Midsize Car category, the Fit was the winner in the Best Compact Car category and the Odyssey prevailed in the Best Minivan category. Since 2001, the Honda brand has earned 20 model awards and six overall brand awards from ALG.

"In a challenging economy, residual value moves up on the list of buyer considerations," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "These ALG awards once again recognize Honda's commitment to offer high-quality products with long-term value."

ALG determines the award winners after carefully studying the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, and pricing strategies are among the key factors that affect ALG's residual value forecasts.

For more information or downloadable high-resolution images of Honda vehicles, please visit Honda Media Newsroom. Consumer information is available at Honda.com: Official Site of American Honda Motor Co., Inc..

About ALG (www.alg.com)

Based in Santa Barbara, California, ALG is a leading provider of data and consulting services to the automotive industry. ALG publishes the "Automotive Lease Guide" - the standard for Residual Value projections in North America, and has been forecasting automotive residual values for over 40 years in both the U.S. and Canadian markets. ALG is a company of DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRAK).



 

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ALG, a subsidiary of DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRAK - News) and the industry benchmark for residual values and depreciation data, today announced its second annual Canadian Residual Value Awards, honoring mainstream and luxury brands as well as the vehicles in each segment that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price.

This year’s awards are based on 2010 model year vehicles. The ALG awards are derived after careful study of segment competition, historical vehicle performance and industry trends, and are based on analysis using only Canada-specific data.

Subaru Canada, Inc. won the Mainstream Brand Canadian Residual Value Award, rising from fourth place last year. In addition, the brand received individual segment awards for the Impreza in the Mid-Compact Car category, the Legacy in the Midsize Car category, and the Impreza WRX/STI in the Sporty Car category.

“Subaru has blazed its own trail since arriving in the Canadian market,” said Matt Traylen, ALG’s Chief Economist. “Subaru’s signature boxer engines and standard all-wheel drive, as well as its solid reputation for quality, give the brand an image of ruggedness and independence and contribute to remarkable owner loyalty. The recent redesign of its three core models and restrained incentives also helped Subaru jump to the top of the rankings.”

For the second year in a row, Infiniti, the luxury division of Nissan Canada, Inc., has won the Luxury Brand Canadian Residual Value Award. Infiniti has one of the newest vehicle lineups and with its core model, the G37, refreshed for 2010, it continues to offer great value to consumers in the luxury market.

Mr. Traylen commented, “With generally more powerful engines and lower pricing than its European rivals, Infiniti has pursued the kind of value strategy that helps to give its brand a strong long-term foundation. By augmenting its lineup with all-wheel drive vehicles, it’s expanded its presence across the luxury market.”

Honda Canada, Inc., runner-up for the Mainstream Brand Canadian Residual Value Award, received the most individual segment awards: for the CR-V (Compact Utility Vehicle), the Odyssey (Minivan), the Ridgeline (Compact/Midsize Pickup), and the Insight (Hybrid/Alternative Powertrain). Acura, Honda’s luxury division, ranked 3rd for the Luxury Brand Canadian Residual Value Award.

Nissan Canada, Inc. received three awards: for the Sentra (Entry Compact Car), the Maxima (Fullsize Car), and the GT-R (Luxury Sports Car). Three companies received two awards each: Toyota, for the Sequoia (Large Utility Vehicle) and the Tundra (Fullsize Pickup); Land Rover, for the LR2 (Near Luxury Utility Vehicle) and the Range Rover Sport (Luxury Utility Vehicle); and BMW, for the 1 Series (Near Luxury Car) and the 6 Series (Luxury Car). Mazda’s CX-7 (Midsize Utility Vehicle) rounded out the list.

“We firmly believe that residual value is the most comprehensive and reliable measure of the overall strength of an automotive brand, and we congratulate all of the 2010 winners for their successful products and marketing strategies,”
concluded Mr. Traylen.

Summary of 2010 Canadian Residual Value Awards

Mainstream Brand: Subaru
Luxury Brand: Infiniti
Entry Compact Car: Nissan Sentra
Mid-Compact Car: Subaru Impreza
Midsize Car: Subaru Legacy
Fullsize Car: Nissan Maxima
Compact Utility Vehicle: Honda CR-V
Midsize Utility Vehicle Mazda CX-7
Large Utility Vehicle: Toyota Sequoia
Minivan: Honda Odyssey
Compact/Midsize Pickup: Honda Ridgeline
Fullsize Pickup: Toyota Tundra
Sporty Car: Subaru Impreza WRX/STI


Near Luxury Car:
BMW 1 Series
Luxury Car: BMW 6 Series
Luxury Sports Car: Nissan GT-R
Near Luxury Utility Vehicle: Land Rover LR2
Luxury Utility Vehicle: Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Hybrid/Alternative Powertrain: Honda Insight


2010 Mainstream Brand Canadian Residual Value Rankings
1. Subaru
2. Honda
3. Mazda
4. Toyota
5. Nissan
6. Volkswagen
7. Suzuki


2010 Luxury Brand Canadian Residual Value Rankings
1. Infiniti
2. BMW
3. Acura
4. Audi
5. Lexus
6. Land Rover​

Rankings for the Mainstream brands and non-luxury segments are based on a 48-month term. Rankings for the Luxury brands and segments are based on a 36-month term.
 

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Fall 2010 ALG Perceived Quality Study Demonstrates Rebound of Toyota's Quality Image
Toyota jumps from 6th to 2nd place, but still trails Honda by wide margin among mainstream brands
Mercedes-Benz continues to lead luxury brands​

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- ALG, a subsidiary of DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:TRAK - News) and the industry benchmark provider of residual values and depreciation data, today announced that Toyota's Perceived Quality Score (PQS) registered a sharp 5% increase in the last 6 months, with the carmaker bouncing back to 2nd place from 6th among mainstream brands in ALG's Fall 2010 Perceived Quality Study. Dodge Cars (up 4%) and Jeep (up 3%) were the other 2 mainstream brands that showed the most improvement over their Spring 2010 scores. Among luxury brands, Jaguar notched a 5% gain, although its PQS remains relatively low at 62.4.

With a PQS of 81.4 and a 10.7 point lead over Toyota (70.7), Honda continued its dominance over all other mainstream brands. The 3rd, 4th and 5th-place brands – Ford Trucks (69.9), Nissan (69.0) and Subaru (68.9) – are tightly bunched behind Toyota.

Mercedes-Benz again was the top-ranked luxury brand with a PQS of 83.9, slightly increasing its lead over runner-up Lexus in the last 6 months, which remained steady with an 81.9 PQS. BMW (81.6), Porsche (80.2) and Acura (77.4) rounded out the top 5 in the luxury category.

"The significant recovery for Toyota, which saw a dramatic 20% PQS drop in Spring 2010 due to quality issues and massive recalls, can be attributed to marketing around vehicle safety, strong customer loyalty and good service," said Eric Lyman, OEM Practice Director at ALG. "At Jaguar, recent design transitions have fostered a stronger emotional connection with the consumer, leading to an improvement in the perception of the brand."

Since the inception of ALG's PQS in the Spring of 2008, the biggest gains have been achieved by Ford Cars, Ford Trucks, Hyundai, Kia and Jaguar, respectively. The biggest declines in PQS over that period have been registered by Toyota, Saturn, Saab, Lexus and Scion, respectively.

ALG's PQS measures consumers' perceptions and beliefs about the quality of automobile brands in the U.S. market. A negative perception about a brand can prevent shopping and consideration of a brand's complete model lineup. Alternatively, a positive belief about a brand can sometimes overcome poor quality. Working with survey partner Zogby International, ALG calculates the scores based on a proprietary rating scale derived from surveys of car and truck owners, which then are used to determine the relative positions of mainstream and luxury brands. The complete list with scores is available at http://www.alg.com/pdf/pqs_2010_fall.pdf.

About ALG (www.alg.com)

Based in Santa Barbara, California, ALG is a leading provider of data and consulting services to the automotive industry. ALG publishes the "Automotive Lease Guide" – the standard for Residual Value projections in North America, and has been forecasting automotive residual values for over 45 years in both the U.S. and Canadian markets. ALG is a part of DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:TRAK - News).

About DealerTrack (www.dealertrack.com)

DealerTrack's intuitive and high-value software solutions enhance efficiency and profitability for all major segments of the automotive retail industry, including dealers, lenders, OEMs, agents and aftermarket providers. Our solution set for dealers is the industry's most comprehensive. DealerTrack operates the industry's largest online credit application network, connecting more than 17,000 dealers with over 900 lenders. Our Dealer Management System (DMS) provides dealers with easy-to-use tools and real-time data access that will streamline any automotive business. Dealers using DealerTrack AAX get the inventory management tools and services needed to accelerate turns and increase profits. Our Sales and F&I solution enables dealers to streamline the entire sales process while structuring all types of deals from a single integrated platform. DealerTrack's Compliance solution helps dealers meet legal and regulatory requirements and protect their hard-earned assets. DealerTrack's family of companies also includes data and consulting services providers ALG and Chrome Systems. For more information, visit www.dealertrack.com.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements


Statements in this press release regarding ALG's Perceived Quality Study, including its uses, and all other statements in this release other than the recitation of historical facts are forward-looking statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements of DealerTrack to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

Factors that might cause such a difference include the reliability of the survey data, the sample size, changes in consumer opinions and other risks listed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009. These filings can be found on DealerTrack's website at www.dealertrack.com and the SEC's website at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Home Page). Forward-looking statements included herein speak only as of the date hereof and DealerTrack disclaims any obligation to revise or update such statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or circumstances.​
 
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