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HUMMER.com ranked 'Most Useful' new vehicle site

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HUMMER.com Ranks Highest in Usefulness to New-Vehicle Shoppers Among Manufacturer Web Sites
Redesigned Web Sites Can Bounce Back from Initial Stumbles in Visitor Satisfaction
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., July 10 -- HUMMER.com earns the highest ranking among automotive manufacturer Web sites for usefulness in new- vehicle shopping, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Manufacturer Web Site Evaluation Study(SM) (MWES) -- Wave 2 released today.

The semi-annual study measures the usefulness of manufacturer Web sites during the new-vehicle shopping process. New-vehicle shoppers evaluate Web sites in four key areas: appearance, speed, navigation, and information/content.

HUMMER ranks highest with an index score of 870 on a 1,000-point scale -- a 5-point improvement from Wave 1 of the study, which was released in January 2007.

"A continuing focus on clear, simple navigation and crisp images and videos that demonstrate both the appearance of HUMMER's models, as well as the features included in them, allow HUMMER to regain the highest ranking for usefulness among automotive manufacturer Web sites," said Steve Witten, executive director of marketing/media research at J.D. Power and Associates. "This is the third time that HUMMER has achieved the difficult feat of outpacing the industry since the brand was first included in the study five years ago."

Following HUMMER in the rankings are Toyota, Jeep, Suzuki, Land Rover, Lexus and Kia, respectively. A broad range of manufacturers score above the industry average, including premium, non-premium, entry, niche and full line-up brands.

"The wide variety of manufacturers scoring significantly above the industry average demonstrates that these companies truly understand the needs and the limitations of their specific shoppers and have designed sites that showcase their models within those parameters," said Witten. "As manufacturers feel more empowered to take risks, there will be a further explosion in creativity on these Web sites. New and unique forms of interactive media, tools, and page design will emerge. But manufacturers must always balance that creativity with site usefulness and usability to help site visitors find the information they need easily at the same time that they are 'wowed' with the experience."

In the previous MWES wave, eight of nine Web sites that had undergone major redesigns declined in overall index scores. In the current study, all nine of these previously redesigned sites improve in overall index score, with four showing considerable improvement. In particular, Mitsubishi's Web site improves by 38 points after experiencing the largest index score decline of these redesigned sites in the last wave of the study.

"Newly redesigned Web sites often stumble because of the sheer size of the undertaking," said Witten. "In the process of trying to incorporate innovative tools and designs across an entire Web site, seemingly minor usability issues may be overlooked. However, continuous minor modifications to the original 'big' idea can pay off in huge strides. For example, Mitsubishi made small changes in navigation, usage of colors and shifting label positioning that made it much easier for shoppers to get to their desired information quickly."

The 2007 Manufacturer Web Site Evaluation Study -- Wave 2 is based on evaluations gathered between April and May 2007 from 10,865 new-vehicle shoppers who indicated they would be in the market for a new vehicle within the next 24 months.
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Ironically, it's currently experiencing a glitch that makes it useless.

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GM's websites are useless for the most part. Why not offer a full array of pictures to show all the model configurations?? Hummer is the exception as it adds the accessories to the picture as you add them. Check out GM Canada's site, horrible.

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I find their site to be one the worst in my opinion. It could use some work. I would rank Pontiac's website next and then Chevrolet. I like GMC, Cadillac, and Saturn's websites, I can't really say about Buick's because I have not been there in a long time.

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Buick's website looks like something out of 1997.

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Check out GM Canada's site, horrible.

Aw, Jesus... don't get me started on gmcanada.com. <_<

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