Autobytel Named a Finalist for DrivingSales Most Valuable Insight Award

  Autobytel Named a Finalist for DrivingSales Most Valuable Insight Award

 Autobytel will compete onstage at the DrivingSales Presidents Club event in
 April; DrivingSales Most Valuable Insight Award created to foster the spirit
           of progress and thought leadership in the auto industry

Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif. & SALT LAKE CITY -- March 20, 2013

Autobytel  Inc. (Nasdaq: ABTL) has been selected as a finalist for the 2013
DrivingSales Most Valuable Insight Award, which was created to foster the
spirit of progress and thought leadership in the auto industry. Autobytel’s
“Capitalizing on Changes in Online Shopping Behaviors” was selected from a
competitive field of submissions, and will be presented onstage at the
inaugural DrivingSales Presidents Club event, held at the Waldorf Astoria in
New York City, April 21-22, 2013.

"Since 1995 when Autobytel pioneered the automotive Internet, we’ve connected
tens of millions of car buyers with thousands of dealers across the U.S.,”
said Jeffrey Coats, CEO of Autobytel Inc. “Our rich history and unparalleled
understanding of this industry enables us to provide dealers with the most
effective strategies to successfully manage Internet customers and ultimately
sell more cars. We’re proud to be named a finalist of this prestigious
competition and look forward to presenting data and insights that address the
reality of consumer buying behaviors today.”

Autobytel.com is one of the nation’s leading online resources to help
consumers research, shop for, purchase and own a car. The quality of
Autobytel’s consumer purchase requests (Internet leads) have earned industry
accolades as being the best in the business— with Autobytel’s internally
generated leads converting at approximately three times the rate of the
estimated industry average. What’s more, the company’s partnership with R.L.
Polk & Co. enables it to provide dealers with meaningful insight into the most
successful online lead management strategies.

Just recently, the company announced that for each of 2011 and 2012, consumers
who submitted leads delivered to dealers accounted for nearly four percent of
all new car retail sales, representing approximately 824,000 vehicles.

“There are so many creative and innovative thinkers in our industry that we
wanted to provide a special forum for uncovering insights that can create
significant change and benefit, but that are often overlooked or unheralded,”
said DrivingSales Founder and CEO Jared Hamilton. “We are not surprised that
we received so many remarkable entries and congratulate Autobytel on being
selected as a finalist in a very competitive field. We know their insight will
not only benefit the executives attending the Presidents Club, but will
provide value to all dealership leaders on the look-out for smart ways to
improve their operations.”

The Most Valuable Insight Competition is part of a high-level line up at the
DrivingSales Presidents Club, an intimate and collaborative event designed for
an elite audience of dealership principals and General Managers to help them
build the strategies they need to adapt to a changing automotive retail market
– and to lead it. The event will focus on the three foundational elements of
successful dealership operations – Capital, Brand and People. Entrepreneur and
best-selling author Seth Godin, who was named one of the top 21 speakers for
the 21^st century by Successful Meetings magazine, will keynote the event.

The DrivingSales Presidents Club will be held at the Waldorf Astoria in New
York City from April 21 - 22, 2013. Visit www.drivingsalespresidentsclub.com
for more information and to register for the event.

For more information about the DrivingSales Most Valuable Insight Competition,
go to www.drivingsalespresidentsclub.com/competition/.

About Autobytel Inc.
Autobytel Inc., an online leader offering consumer purchase requests, or
leads, and marketing resources to car dealers and manufacturers and providing
consumers with the information they need to purchase new and used cars,
pioneered the automotive Internet when it launched its flagship website,
www.autobytel.com, in 1995. Autobytel continues to offer innovative products
and services to help consumers buy, and auto dealers and manufacturers sell,
more used and new cars. Autobytel has helped tens of millions of automotive
consumers research vehicles; connected thousands of dealers nationwide with
motivated car buyers; and helped every major automaker market its brand
online. Through its flagship website, network of automotive sites and
respected online affiliates, Autobytel continues its dedication to innovating
the industry's highest quality Internet programs to provide consumers with a
comprehensive and positive automotive research and purchasing experience, and
auto dealers, dealer groups and auto manufacturers with some of the industry's
most productive and cost-effective customer referral and marketing programs.

Investors and other interested parties can receive Autobytel news releases and
invitations to special events by accessing the online registration form at
investor.autobytel.com/alerts.cfm.

About DrivingSales
Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a
business intelligence and performance improvement company that delivers
unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more
successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales
University and DrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest
database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American
auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate
performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology
investments. DrivingSales University is a fully interactive online university
that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals
through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts. DrivingSales
Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media
assets, including DrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social
network; The Dealership Innovation Guide, an industry leading quarterly
publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit, the top automotive conference for
progressive dealers, and DrivingSalesTV, Web TV covering everything car-dealer
related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has
a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more
profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a
whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strict vendor neutral policy through each of
its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not
‘pay-to-play’ follow up services -- and never accepts payment in exchange for
media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias
in any of its channels.

Contact:

Autobytel Inc. Media Relations
Splash Media
Jennifer Lange
949-916-4820
jlange@getsplashmedia.com
or
Autobytel Inc. Investor Relations
Curt DeWalt
Chief Financial Officer
949-437-4694
curtisd@autobytel.com
or
PondelWilkinson Inc.
Roger Pondel/Laurie Berman
310-279-5980
investor@pondel.com
or
DrivingSales Media Relations:
mWEBB Communications
Melanie Webber
424-603-4340
melanie@mwebbcom.com
or
mWEBB Communications
Angela Jacobson
714-454-8776
angela@mwebbcom.com
 
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