AutoNation Announces Total Retail New Vehicle Unit Sales of 19,402 in January 2013

Fri Feb 1, 2013 2:58pm EST

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- Total retail new vehicle unit sales in January 2013 increased 22%
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.,  Feb. 1, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:
AN), America's largest automotive retailer, today announced that its total
retail new vehicle unit sales in  January 2013, as reported to the applicable
automotive manufacturers, were 19,402, an increase of 22% as compared to 
January 2012. Same-store retail new vehicle unit sales in  January 2013  were
18,891, an increase of 18% as compared to January 2012.  Total retail new
vehicle unit sales for AutoNation's operating segments were as follows:

* 6,159 for Domestic, up 26% versus  January 2012,  
* 9,388 for Import, up 18% versus  January 2012, and  
* 3,855 for Premium Luxury, up 24% versus  January 2012.

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On a daily selling rate basis, AutoNation's total retail new vehicle unit sales
increased 17%. There were 25 selling days in  January 2013  compared to 24
selling days in  January 2012.

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

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 264 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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