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Autobytel Announces 2016 Car and Truck of the Year Winners

Autobytel Announces 2016 Car and Truck of the Year Winners



2016 Chevrolet Volt dominates as overall car winner; 2016 Honda Pilot races to the number one spot in the truck segment.

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IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq:ABTL), a leading provider of online automotive services connecting consumers with dealers, today announced the winners of the prestigious 2016 Autobytel Car and Truck of the Year Awards.

Editor-in-Chief, Joni Gray, says that Autobytel’s Car and Truck of the Year winners exemplify what matters most to car buyers: excellent design, leading technology, top performance, safety, and value.

“Each category winner in this year’s Autobytel Car and Truck of the Year rose to the top of its competitive sets by accomplishing something extraordinary – being a car, truck, or SUV that today’s buyers truly want,” said Gray. “This is an accomplishment that is increasingly difficult to achieve in today’s competitive automotive marketplace. Our two overall winners went even further by delighting new car buyers with the kind of cutting-edge features and solid performance that set their vehicles above the pack, deserving special recognition. We congratulate Chevrolet and Honda for setting the bar higher this year with the completely redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt and 2016 Honda Pilot.”

The following are the Autobytel 2016 Car and Truck of the Year winners, along with the complete list of the category winners by segment.

2016 Autobytel Car of the Year

2016 Chevrolet Volt

“The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been completely transformed from the Volt of the past,” said Gray. “Chevrolet accomplished this by boosting its battery capacity, extending its range, and providing even better driving performance and better in-dash technology to meet all the needs of a modern car buyer. Each of our editors agreed that this new Volt has more than earned our 2016 Autobytel Car of the Year Award,” said Gray.

2016 Autobytel Truck of the Year

2016 Honda Pilot

“Our editorial team found the 2016 Honda Pilot to be at the top of the fastest growing and most competitive category – midsize crossovers,” said Gray. “Beyond that, it won our highest honor for its innovation in design, driving performance, use of lighter materials, completely flexible seating options, and technology that not only keeps a family safe but well-entertained and connected. All of these changes combined to convince our team that the 2016 Honda Pilot absolutely deserves the high honor of 2016 Autobytel Truck of the Year.”

2016 Autobytel Category Winners
Autobytel Compact Car of the Year:2016 Honda Civic
Autobytel Convertible of the Year:2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Autobytel Sedan of the Year:2016 Chevrolet Malibu
Autobytel Luxury Car of the Year:2016 BMW 7 Series
Autobytel Sports Car of the Year:2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Autobytel Alternative Fuel Car of the Year:2016 Chevrolet Volt
Autobytel Pickup Truck of the Year:2016 Nissan Titan
Autobytel SUV/Crossover of the Year:2016 Honda Pilot
Autobytel Luxury SUV/Crossover of the Year:2016 Volvo XC90


“Each month, millions of consumers turn to Autobytel to help them find and buy the perfect vehicle,” said Jeff Coats, President and CEO of Autobytel. “And each year, our seasoned editorial team identifies vehicle segment leaders based on the features that today’s car buyers want and need. The manufacturers on this list continue to raise the bar when it comes to designing and building quality vehicles, and we congratulate each of the winners for a job well done.”

For complete Autobytel coverage of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, visit:
http://www.autobytel.com/chevrolet/volt/news/10-reasons-why-the-2016-chevrolet-volt-is-the-2016-autobytel-car-of-the-year-130639/

For complete Autobytel coverage of the 2016 Honda Pilot, visit:
http://www.autobytel.com/honda/pilot/2016/news/10-reasons-why-the-2016-honda-pilot-is-the-2016-autobytel-truck-of-the-year-130638/

For complete Autobytel coverage of the category winners, visit:
http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/2016-autobytel-car-and-truck-of-the-year-awards-130649/

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 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

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