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Car Company History

Car Company History 

Company History

December 1997

The Times Mirror Co., Tribune Co. and The Washington Post Co. announced the creation of Classified Ventures, a partnership to help newspapers expand their position — using internet technologies — as the nation's leading suppliers of classified advertising. The new partnership's first product was, and it was promoted as a national brand. The initial affiliate companies committed substantial capital and advertising space among their media properties, including both print and broadcast, to build awareness of

May 1998

Knight Ridder Inc., Central Newspapers, Gannett Co. Inc. and The McClatchy Co. joined Classified Ventures, LLC, to deliver the deepest, broadest information about automobile purchasing and selling to consumers across the nation.

June 1998 was launched to the public, offering classified vehicle listings in eight markets, including four of the nation's 10 largest cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

July 1998 announced a partnership with acclaimed auto experts and notorious wise guys Tom and Ray Magliozzi of public radio's Car Talk.

December 1998 attracted more than 500,000 unique visitors a month, making it the fastest-growing automotive website in the industry in 1998.

May 1999 signed an agreement to be the exclusive online provider of several used-vehicle reports from Carfax Inc.

November 2001

The newspaper and television websites of Belo Interactive Inc., Belo Corp.'s internet subsidiary, joined the affiliate network of

June 2003 celebrated its fifth anniversary at the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo. In line with the anniversary, introduced its Independent Ad Package.

November 2003 and Kelley Blue Book ( announced a strategic partnership under which powers Kelley Blue Book's Blue Book Classifieds and Buy Used channels on As part of the agreement, Kelley Blue Book became the exclusive provider of used-vehicle value information on
J.D. Power and Associates' newly released 2003 Dealer Satisfaction with Online Buying Services Study(SM) reports that is the leader in dealer satisfaction among independent websites for the third consecutive year.

April 2004 announced a three-year strategic business relationship to exclusively power MSN Autos' used-vehicle classified listings and become the exclusive private-party used-vehicle classified listing service linked to the site.

May 2004 announced the launch of its first national television campaign.

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