Autobytel Consumer Leads Result in Over 500,000 New Vehicles Sold in 2013

Autobytel Consumer Leads Result in Over 500,000 New Vehicles Sold in 2013

Study Shows Autobytel Leads Accounted for Almost 4% of All New Vehicle Retail
Sales in 2013

IRVINE, Calif., May 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq:ABTL),
pioneer of the automotive Internet and the company dedicated to connecting
automotive consumers with dealers, today announced that consumers submitting
leads sold by the company accounted for new vehicle retail sales of 501,688 in
2013, which makes over 1.3 million new vehicles sold from Autobytel leads just
since 2011. Incredibly, 3.93% of all retail new vehicle sales in the United
States in 2013 were from consumers who submitted a lead through the Autobytel

Autobytel New Vehicle Retail Sales
Year     % of OEM    Sales from
         Sales       ABTL Volume
2011     3.78%       388,578
2012     3.72%       435,221
2013     3.93%       501,688

Note: Data in this release does not include any sales results from the recent
AutoUSA acquisition

Autobytel recently completed its analysis in collaboration with IHS
Automotive, part of IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS), the leading global source of
information, insight and analytics.IHS acquired R. L. Polk & Co. in 2013.The
analysis showed that consumers who submitted leads sold by Autobytel to
dealers accounted for a combined total of 2,722,107 new and used vehicle
registrations from 2011 to 2013.

Autobytel Vehicle Sales
      Autobytel    Autobytel Total
      New Car      Used Car  Autobytel
Year  Retail Sales Sales     Sales
2011  388,578      443,275   831,853
2012  435,221      469,422   904,643
2013  501,688      483,923   985,611
Total 1,325,487    1,396,620 2,722,107

"These numbers demonstrate just how critically important independent
third-party automotive websites like are for consumers who rely
on unbiased information to help them buy vehicles intelligently and easily,"
said Jeff Coats, president and CEO of Autobytel Inc. "This fact was true in
1995 when Autobytel pioneered online vehicle research and shopping and it
remains true today.Third- party leads continue to be an essential component
and a main driver of business for dealership sales operations throughout the

The following table shows the percentage of retail new vehicle sales that
resulted from Autobytel leads for some major brands:

Sales from Autobytel Leads as % of 2013 OEM Retail Sales
Make                             % of OEM
HYUNDAI                          6.20%
KIA                              6.05%
MAZDA                            5.80%
SUBARU                           5.61%
NISSAN                           5.30%
TOYOTA                           5.04%
HONDA                            4.55%
MITSUBISHI                       4.43%
VOLVO                            4.42%
VOLKSWAGEN                       3.99%
Industry Average                 3.93%
BUICK                            3.88%
CHEVROLET                        3.22%
FORD                             2.96%
CHRYSLER Brands                  2.18%

Note: With the exception of Chrysler, the brands listed in the above chart do
not include other brands in the group – i.e. Honda does not include Acura.

"We touch a significant amount of consumers each year who are more concerned
about the overall experience we offer than by getting the absolute lowest
price, according to feedback from our dealers," said Coats. "This means a
better experience for all parties involved.And with our recent acquisition of
AutoUSA, our retail footprint is even larger enabling us to focus on the
original mission of our company – having been founded by a former car dealer –
of improving the car buying process for dealers and consumers alike."

Charts accompanying this release are available at

About Autobytel Inc.

Autobytel Inc. provides high quality consumer leads and associated marketing
services to automotive dealers and manufacturers throughout the United States
and offers consumers robust and original online automotive content to help
them make informed car-buying decisions.The company pioneered the automotive
internet in 1995 with its flagship website and has since
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.

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