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Dealers Vote: Autobytel Currently Leading DrivingSales’ Vendor Ratings for New Car Leads

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq:ABTL), a leading provider of online automotive services connecting consumers with dealers, today announced it is currently in the lead of the DrivingSales Vendor Ratings as Highest Rated New Car Lead provider as rated by car dealers. Car dealers also rated Autobytel as a Top Ranked Used Car Advertising provider. The ratings are based on the aggregate of all dealer ratings submitted from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015, and were recently published in the Q3 Issue of DealerExec Magazine, a DrivingSales publication.



Overall 2015 winners of the DrivingSales Dealer Satisfaction Awards will be announced at the NADA Convention & Expo in March 2016. Autobytel was on hand at the NADA Convention & Expo in San Francisco this past January to receive the Highest Rated New Car Leads award for 2014.

Dealix, a new and used car lead provider and a company acquired by Autobytel in May 2015, also ranked high among dealers as both a Top Ranked New Car Lead provider and a Top Ranked Used Car Advertising provider.

“Only dealership employees who have actual experience with the products they are ranking are allowed to vote in the DrivingSales Vendor Ratings, so these accolades are particularly rewarding,” said Jeff Coats, president and CEO of Autobytel Inc. “We’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to the dealers who voted for Autobytel as the frontrunner of the New Car Lead Provider category. For the past 20 years, Autobytel has been committed to providing the industry with the highest quality products and services that drive sales and improve customer service, and these latest rankings further validate that ongoing commitment.”

Autobytel consistently ranks as a top quality digital automotive leader. The company was recently named a Gold New Vehicle Lead provider by Auto Dealer Monthly in the 2015 Dealers’ Choice Awards, and was named Highest Rated New Car Leads in the DrivingSales Dealer Satisfaction Awards for 2014. It was also named a Top Rated New Car Lead provider 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.

To learn more about Autobytel’s award-winning new and used car leads, as well as technologies such as Autobytel Direct, TextShield®, SaleMove, and PaymentPro® that help dealers sell more cars and improve customer service, visit www.dealer.autobytel.com and www.mobile.autobytel.com.

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 http://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.

Autobytel Inc. Media Relations Splash Media Jennifer Lange 949-916-4820 jlange@getsplashmedia.com or Autobytel Inc. Investor Relations Kimberly Boren 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.