Huntington Bank to Be Presenting Sponsor for Columbus Auto Show

  Huntington Bank to Be Presenting Sponsor for Columbus Auto Show

Business Wire

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- March 13, 2013

Huntington Bank (NASDAQ: HBAN; has announced that it is
the presenting sponsor of the 2013 Columbus International Auto Show being held
Thursday, March 14, through Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Greater Columbus
Convention Center.

“This year’s show will have many of the newest makes and models, with the
latest automotive technology available, all showcased under one roof at the
Convention Center,” said Rich Porrello, director of Huntington Automobile
Finance. “Huntington is excited to be the presenting sponsor of this
anticipated annual event, and we are pleased to support our automobile dealers
in Ohio.”

Recently, Huntington Bank conducted a survey of its consumers in its Midwest
markets that found one in five consumers plan to buy or lease a vehicle in
2013. Consumers are planning these purchases as a result of cautious optimism
about the U.S. economy this year. The convergence of pent-up demand, improved
credit scores, greater access to credit, aging vehicles, low interest rates,
and high trade-in values has all created a perfect storm of buying for the
automobile consumer in 2013, according to Porrello.

The Columbus Auto Show will also host a charity gala, "The Cars are the
Stars",  which will be held Friday, March 15, from 7pm -11pm at the Convention
Center and will feature the Mojo Flo band. Tickets are $250, with the net
proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, A Kid Again and the
Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio.

The show will feature thirty-seven car manufacturers with hundreds of foreign
and domestic vehicles on display. In addition, there will be exhibits, family
entertainment, a Nissan Ride & Drive, a RAM Off-Road experience, Columbus Zoo
animals, an interactive on-site scavenger hunt, and face painting for the
kids. In addition, there will be a Dialed Action Sports Team BMX Show
featuring extreme skateboarding, rollerblading, and BMX biking. Attendees will
have the chance to enter a drawing to win a 47” LG TV or a 2013 Honda Accord
LX, sponsored by the Columbus Automobile Dealers Association. Tickets are $8.
Children 12 and under are free, when accompanied by an adult.

About Huntington

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $56 billion regional bank holding
company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The Huntington National Bank, founded
in 1866, provides full-service commercial, small business, and consumer
banking services; mortgage banking services; treasury management and foreign
exchange services; equipment leasing; wealth and investment management
services; trust services; brokerage services; customized insurance brokerage
and service programs; and other financial products and services. The principal
markets for these services are Huntington’s six-state banking franchise: Ohio,
Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The primary
distribution channels include a banking network of more than 700 traditional
branches and convenience branches located in grocery stores and retirement
centers, and through an array of alternative distribution channels including
internet and mobile banking, telephone banking, and more than 1,300 ATMs.
Through automotive dealership relationships within its six-state banking
franchise area and selected other Midwest and New England states, Huntington
also provides commercial banking services to the automotive dealers and retail
automobile financing for dealer customers.

Member FDIC. The logo mark^® and Huntington^® are federally registered service
marks of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated.


Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
Cynthia Kincaid, 614-480-5415
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