Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Named the Autobytel 2014 Dealer of the Year

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IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq:ABTL), pioneer of the automotive Internet and the company dedicated to connecting automotive consumers with dealers, has named Norm Reeves Honda Superstore in Cerritos, California, the Autobytel Dealer of the Year for 2014. Norm Reeves Honda's Vince Marquez, General Manager, and Brad Mugg, Managing Partner, were on hand to accept the award at the 2015 NADA Convention & Expo in San Francisco, California.

The company's Dealer Awards Program honors exceptional #ABTLDealerStars who employ the highest standards in customer service and digital automotive retail sales and lead management processes, and a commitment to mobile and emerging technologies.

"We had an excellent group of dealer candidates from the pool of 2014 monthly winners, so this year's selection was extremely challenging," said Jeff Coats, President and CEO of Autobytel. "In the end, the team at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore blew us away with their ability to provide an unparalleled car buying experience to their customers and for their commitment to digital automotive and knowledge of the fundamentals involved with successfully converting leads. The in-store sales process is critical to lead conversion, and Norm Reeves Honda Superstore clearly demonstrates that its process stands apart from the competition. Congratulations on a job well done."

The pool of 2014 Autobytel Dealer of the Month winners includes Shawn Veronese of Maserati of Newport Beach in Newport Beach, California; Tom Gregg of Toyota of Naperville in Naperville, Illinois; Todd Hilleboe of Liberty Toyota in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Eric Wass of Heuberger Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Jackie Parker of Patriot Subaru in Saco, Maine; Chad Bravender of Larry H. Miller Honda in Boise, Idaho; John Walters of Lexus of Naperville in Naperville, Illinois; Frank Carrasquillo of Mercedes-Benz in Naples, Florida; and Chris Baughman of Sunset Honda in San Luis Obispo, California.

Each month, Autobytel's sales and dealer operations teams evaluate prospective candidates from a competitive field of thousands of automotive retailers in the Autobytel network, with a monthly winner selected based on key online automotive best practices. The company launched its Dealer Awards Program at the beginning of 2013, honoring monthly winners throughout the year and in markets throughout the U.S.

Criteria evaluated for the Autobytel Dealer Awards Program include a commitment to mobile and emerging technologies, conversion rates, lead management processes, customer service principles, customer and brand retention analytics, and Internet department practices, among others.

Norm Reeves Honda Superstore, located in Cerritos, California, is the number one Honda dealership in the world. It is a single brand, new and pre-owned Honda store servicing customers locally in Orange County and Los Angeles, as well as customers as far south as San Diego and as far north as Bakersfield.

Autobytel consistently ranks as a top quality digital lead provider, with the company's internally-generated leads converting at approximately three times the rate of the estimated industry average. It was named Highest Rated New Car Leads in 2014 and Top Rated New Car Leads in 2013 by DrivingSales; a finalist of the 2013 DrivingSales Most Valuable Insight Award; both a Power 250 Company and a Major Player in the Used Car Industry by Auto Remarketing Magazine; and #1 Dealers' Choice Awards in 2012 by Auto Dealer Monthly.

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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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