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AutoNation Names Marc Cannon Vice President, Corporate Communications

Jul. 18, 2001

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, on and off the web, has named Marc Cannon as the Company's new Vice President of Corporate Communications.

In his new role, Mr. Cannon will oversee the Company's internal and external communications efforts and report directly to AutoNation's Chief Executive Officer, Mike Jackson. His appointment is effective immediately.

Most recently, Mr. Cannon served as Chief Marketing Officer at Fort Lauderdale-based Blue Dot, America's premier provider of cooling, heating and related services. His background also includes a significant period serving AutoNation's predecessor company, Republic Industries, and former Republic Industries holdings such as Alamo Rent-A-Car and AutoNation USA. At Alamo, Mr. Cannon served as Vice President of Advertising during the company's rapid rise to becoming America's number one vehicle rental business for leisure travelers. At AutoNation USA, Mr. Cannon played an important role in the creating, designing and launching of the AutoNation USA brand. At Republic Industries, he served as Vice President of Internal Communications, contributing to the development of the company's corporate brand, its Intranet web site and its shareholder web site.

"Marc Cannon will be launching a new era for Corporate Communications at AutoNation as he brings to our company the enthusiasm and creativeness that has led to his successful communications career," Mr. Jackson said. "There's more to the ongoing story of running America's largest automotive retailer and Marc Cannon will be at the forefront of telling it."

About AutoNation, Inc.

AutoNation, Inc., a Fortune 100 company based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., owns and operates 368 new vehicle franchises in 17 states. In 2000, the Company generated more than $20 billion in revenue. For more information, visit www.autonation.com, where shoppers can find approximately 100,000 new and used vehicles for sale.

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CONTACT: Oscar Suris of AutoNation, +1-954-769-3576, or suriso@AutoNation.com/

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