AutoNation Announces December 2012 Retail New Vehicle Unit Sales of 27,958

Fri Jan 4, 2013 7:00am EST

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-   December 2012  retail new vehicle unit sales increased 15% versus December
2011


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.,  Jan. 4, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:
AN), America's largest automotive retailer, today announced that its retail new
vehicle unit sales in  December 2012, as reported to the applicable automotive
manufacturers, totaled 27,958, an increase of 15% as compared to  December 2011.
Retail new vehicle unit sales for AutoNation's operating segments were as
follows:

* 8,415 for Domestic, up 11% versus  December 2011,

* 13,450 for Import, up 18% versus  December 2011, and

* 6,093 for Premium Luxury, up 14% versus  December 2011.

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On a daily selling rate basis, AutoNation's retail new vehicle unit sales
increased 19%. There were 26 selling days in  December 2012  compared to 27
selling days in  December 2011.

For the fourth quarter of 2012, AutoNation's retail new vehicle unit sales, as
reported to the applicable automotive manufacturers, increased 16%, with
Domestic up 10%, Import up 20%, and Premium Luxury up 17%, in each case as
compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.  

For full year 2012, AutoNation's retail new vehicle unit sales, as reported to
the applicable automotive manufacturers, increased 20%, with Domestic up 14%,
Import up 27%, and Premium Luxury up 13%, in each case as compared to full year
2011.

AutoNation also announced that, on  December 21, 2012, it completed the
acquisitions of Boardwalk Audi, Boardwalk Porsche, Boardwalk Volkswagen,
McKinney Volkswagen, Park Cities Volkswagen, and Spring Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
which were previously announced on  December 4, 2012.  

AutoNation expects to report  January 2013  retail new vehicle unit sales on 
Monday, February 4, 2013.

The information provided in this news release is based on sales reports provided
by our stores, including stores acquired since  December 2011  but excluding the
six stores we acquired on  December 21, 2012  as described above, 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 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.   



Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements regarding our
expectations for the automotive retail industry. Actual events or results may
differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking
statements. Among the important factors that could cause future events or
results to vary from those addressed in the forward-looking statements include
without limitation, risks and uncertainties arising from economic conditions,
conditions in the credit markets and changes in interest rates, the success and
financial viability of vehicle manufacturers and distributors with which we hold
franchises, natural disasters and other adverse weather events, restrictions
imposed by vehicle manufacturers, the resolution of legal and administrative
proceedings, and regulatory factors affecting the automotive industry.  In
addition, please refer to the reports that we file with the SEC on Forms 10-K,
10-Q and 8-K. These filings identify and address other important factors that
could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed
or implied by our forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements
contained in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release,
and we undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to
reflect subsequent events or circumstances.



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.


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
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