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AutoNation Announces March 2012 Retail New Vehicle Unit Sales of 25,489

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

AutoNation Announces March 2012 Retail New Vehicle Unit Sales of 25,48907:00 EDT Tuesday, April 03, 2012- March 2012 retail new vehicle unit sales increased 15% versus March 2011 - First quarter 2012 retail new vehicle unit sales increased 13% versus the first quarter of 2011FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, today announced that its retail new vehicle unit sales in March 2012, as reported to the applicable automotive manufacturers, totaled 25,489, an increase of 15% as compared to March 2011.  Retail new vehicle unit sales in March 2012 for AutoNation's operating segments were as follows:7,991 for Domestic, up 26% versus March 2011, 13,403 for Import, up 10% versus March 2011, and 4,095 for Premium Luxury, up 10% versus March 2011.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20001017/AUTONATIONLOGO ) For the first quarter of 2012, AutoNation's retail new vehicle unit sales, as reported to the applicable automotive manufacturers, increased 13%, with Domestic up 17%, Import up 12%, and Premium Luxury up 12%, in each case as compared to the first quarter of 2011. The Company will provide additional information during the first quarter earnings call, scheduled for April 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.The information provided in this news release is based on sales reports provided by our stores, including stores acquired since March 2011, to the applicable automotive manufacturers and is provided on a continuing operations basis.  These reports are prepared based on the standards established by the applicable automotive manufacturers, which differ from GAAP revenue recognition and other requirements and are based on the time periods set by the automotive manufacturers for reporting monthly sales (which generally differ from the calendar month).  As a result, our operating results calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, including our new vehicle unit sales, may differ materially from any results expressed or implied by the information provided in our monthly sales reports and summarized in this news release and future news releases.  In addition, new vehicle unit sales are subject to seasonal trends.  Consequently, new vehicle unit sales for a particular month are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for a full quarter or year.  Please refer to our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, for additional information regarding our operations.  Investors should not assume that our disclosure of the information in this news release means that we have determined that such information is material to the Company.  About AutoNation, Inc.AutoNation is transforming the automotive retail industry through bold leadership.  We deliver a superior automotive retail experience through our customer-focused sales and service processes.  Owning and operating 260 new vehicle franchises, which sell 32 brands across 15 states, AutoNation is America's largest automotive retailer, with state-of-the-art operations and the ability to leverage economies of scale that benefit the customer.  As an indication of our leadership position in our industry, AutoNation is a component of the S&P 500 Index.  AutoNation is driven to be the best-run, most profitable automotive retailer. Follow us at www.facebook.com/autonation and www.twitter.com/autonation.For additional information about AutoNation, please visit investors.autonation.com or www.autonation.com.SOURCE AutoNation, Inc.For further information: Marc Cannon, +1-954-769-3146, cannonm@autonation.com; Investor contacts: Cheryl Scully, +1-954-769-7734, scullyc@autonation.com, or Kate Keyser-Pearlman, +1-954-769-7342, keyserk1@autonation.com