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AutoNation Announces Total Retail New Vehicle Unit Sales of 21,168 in February 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

AutoNation Announces Total Retail New Vehicle Unit Sales of 21,168 in February 201308:30 EST Monday, March 04, 2013--Total retail new vehicle unit sales in February 2013 increased 6%FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, today announced that its total retail new vehicle unit sales in February 2013, as reported to the applicable automotive manufacturers, were 21,168, an increase of 6% as compared to February 2012. Same-store retail new vehicle unit sales in February 2013 were 20,623, an increase of 3% as compared to February 2012.  Total retail new vehicle unit sales for AutoNation's operating segments were as follows:6,655 for Domestic, up 8% versus February 2012, 10,467 for Import, flat versus February 2012, and 4,046 for Premium Luxury, up 19% versus February 2012.(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20001017/AUTONATIONLOGO )On a daily selling rate basis, AutoNation's total retail new vehicle unit sales increased 10%.  There were 24 selling days in February 2013 compared to 25 selling days in February 2012.AutoNation expects to report March 2013 retail new vehicle unit sales on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.The information provided in this news release is based on sales reports provided by our stores to the applicable automotive manufacturers.  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, 2012 and our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, 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 265 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; or Investor contacts: Cheryl Scully, +1-954-769-7734, scullyc@autonation.com; Robert Quartaro, +1-954-769-7342, quartaror@autonation.com