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AutoNation Dominates Ward's e-Dealer 100 Ranking

Apr. 20, 2006
        America's Largest Automotive Retailer Places 32 Dealerships on
                               Influential List

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, announced today that 32 of the company's dealerships were named to the Ward's e-Dealer 100 list, the most comprehensive and well-regarded ranking of dealerships that successfully sell vehicles through the Internet. AutoNation has dominated the annual listing for six consecutive years.

"We're proud of our leadership role in online automotive shopping," said Mike Maroone, AutoNation's President and Chief Operating Officer. "And we're proud that our efforts have been reflected by Ward's e-Dealer 100 ranking. Our e-business strategy is to deliver our customers a fast, intuitive and user-friendly resource, and we've been extremely successful. In fact, by leveraging online technology, we've been able to cut transaction time in half."

AutoNation has a deep respect for the value that the Internet plays in the purchase process. More than 70% of the company's customers use the web as part of their shopping behavior, a percentage that is expected to increase in the near future.

"Moving forward, we remain dedicated to developing more innovative online solutions for our customers," said Maroone. "AutoNation will unveil new market, dealership and websites in the second quarter that are organized completely around customer choice. We look forward to providing our customers with transparent market pricing along with unprecedented choices in new and used vehicle inventory. We are continuing to investigate ways to allow the customer to do more and more of the buying process online".

    AutoNation's dealerships listed on Ward's e-100 list and ranking:

     #7    Maroone Toyota
     #12   Power Toyota Irvine
     #16   Power Toyota Tempe
     #19   AutoWest Honda Fremont
     #23   Power Toyota Cerritos
     #25   AutoWay Honda
     #31   Lexus of Cerritos
     #33   John Elway Toyota
     #39   Courtesy Toyota
     #46   Hayward Toyota
     #47   Champion Toyota Gulf Freeway
     #52   Maroone Honda of Hollywood
     #54   Mercedes-Benz of South Bay
     #56   AutoWay Toyota
     #59   Brown & Brown Nissan - Mesa
     #62   House of Imports (Mercedes-Benz)
     #63   Champion Toyota Austin
     #64   Maroone Ford of Miami
     #68   Power Toyota Buena Park
     #69   Libertyville Toyota
     #72   Maroone Ford of Margate
     #73   Maroone Ford of Miami
     #79   John Elway Honda
     #82   Team Nissan of Lithia Springs
     #83   Bankston Honda
     #86   Bankston Nissan of Lewisville
     #88   AutoWest Honda Roseville
     #89   Team Toyota
     #90   AutoWay Nissan of Brandon
     #91   Power Honda Costa Mesa
     #92   Courtesy Honda
     #100  Power Honda Valencia

For a complete list of the Ward's e-Dealer 100, visit . For more information about AutoNation, visit .

About AutoNation, Inc.

AutoNation, Inc., headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is America's largest automotive retailer and a component of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index. AutoNation has approximately 27,000 full-time employees and owns and operates 345 new vehicle franchises in 17 states. For additional information, please visit or , where more than 100,000 vehicles are available for sale.

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