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Innovative Approach to Car Sales Clinches Autobytel Dealer of the Month Award for Three Dealer Superstars

Automotive Internet Pioneer Announces Q1 2015 Dealers of the Month. To Tweet This Release and to Celebrate, Click #ABTLDealerStars



IRVINE, Calif., May 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq:ABTL), a leading provider of online automotive services connecting consumers with dealers, today announced it has named Christian Robinson of Subaru of Las Vegas; Paul Hamilton of Livermore Toyota; and Keith Sponburgh of Packey Webb Ford as the Autobytel Dealers of the Month for January, February, and March 2015, respectively.

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

"These dealers represent the upper echelon when it comes to car sales," said Jeff Coats, President and CEO of Autobytel Inc. "Their willingness to implement emerging technologies, coupled with their ability to provide an unparalleled level of service makes them standouts among their peers. They understand that every customer today is essentially an Internet customer, and that every customer expects – and deserves – an exceptional car buying experience no matter how they are ultimately connected to a dealership."

Autobytel's January Dealer of the Month, Subaru of Las Vegas, services customers from Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, as well as parts of Arizona, Utah, and California. According to Christian Robinson, the dealership's Internet Department Director, the staff's focus on innovation, process, and follow-up have been critical factors to their success.

Livermore Toyota in California's Bay Area, and Autobytel's February Dealer of the Month, is one of the newest dealerships in the Bay Area, having just opened in November 2013. Paul Hamilton, General Sales Manager, stresses the importance of customized service, process, and timely follow-up, and how these factors have helped his store succeed in a competitive market.

Autobytel's March Dealer of the Month, Packey Webb Ford, is a family owned dealership that has been in business for 54 years, servicing a very large area from the west suburbs of Chicago, to downtown, to rural communities. Keith Sponburgh, Business Development Manager, credits his great team, excellent response times, and early adoption of emerging technologies that enable his dealership to communicate quickly and efficiently with customers as keys to his dealership's success.

Autobytel consistently ranks as a top quality digital lead provider and digital automotive leader. In addition to receiving the IHS SPECTRUM Excellence Award this week and a Gold Award for New Vehicle Lead Provider in the 2015 Dealers' Choice Awards by Auto Dealer Monthly, it was named "Highest Rated" New Car Leads by DrivingSales for 2014; "Top Rated" New Car Leads in 2013 by DrivingSales; a finalist of the 2013 DrivingSales Most Valuable Insight Award; and both a Power 250 Company and a Major Player in the Used Car Industry by Auto Remarketing Magazine.

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 digital automotive best practices. The Autobytel 2015 Dealer of the Year Award is slated to be announced at the NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas in March 2016, with the crowning dealer chosen from the 2015 pool of monthly winners.

To learn more about the Autobytel Dealers of the Month, visit the Dealer Corner at http://dealer.autobytel.com/dealer-corner/. Visit http://dealer.autobytel.com and http://mobile.autobytel.com to learn about the company's leading automotive information and products and services.

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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 www.autobytel.com 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.

Investors and other interested parties can receive Autobytel news releases and invitations to special events by accessing the online registration form at http://investor.autobytel.com/alerts.cfm .

CONTACT: Autobytel Inc. Media Relations Jennifer Lange Splash Media 949-916-4820 jlange@getsplashmedia.com or Autobytel Inc. Investor Relations Kimberly S. Boren SVP, Chief Financial Officer 949-862-1396 kimb@autobytel.com or Cody Slach or Sean Mansouri Liolios Group, Inc. 949-574-3860 abtl@liolios.com

Source:Autobytel Inc.

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