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Tousley Ford Celebrates 50th Anniversary

May. 11, 2006

SAINT PAUL, Minn., May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- White Bear Lake's Tousley Ford is celebrating its 50th anniversary. What was originally a dealership in downtown White Bear Lake with a one-vehicle showroom, four service stalls and sales of approximately 6 vehicles a month is today one of the largest automotive sales and service facilities in the United States. Tousley Ford is one of an elite group of dealers to receive the Triple Crown Award, which is the most prestigious honor awarded to a dealership by Ford Motor Company. The Dealership currently occupies more than 25 acres and employs 250 associates.

"Since 1956, Tousley Ford has been proud to offer a warm Minnesotan welcome to all the area's automotive shoppers having sold over 225,000 vehicles over the last 50 years," said Sue Jacobson, General Manager. "Much of our success comes from the fact that we don't go for the traditional, high- pressure tactics that are all too common in the industry. By pioneering innovations like our 'Low Price Philosophy,' which gives shoppers deeply discounted pricing up front, we've been able to show customers the value and respect they expect from a home-town business."

Tousley moved to its present site in 1964, becoming the first automotive retailer on what is now known as the White Bear Auto Dealer Strip, a collection of stores that runs north of I-694 along Highway 61. Today, the area is one of the largest and most complete auto shopping centers in the upper Midwest.

Following the move, Tousley Ford evolved and diversified to meet the demands of a rapidly growing automotive marketplace. 1980 marked the opening of the Tousley Collision Center, one of the largest and most modern facilities in the nation for vehicle restoration. That same year, the company also opened Metro Automotive, a retail vehicle preparation center for new and used vehicles. And in 1994, Tousley Ford Parts Depot opened its new building, which is one of the most modern facilities of its kind.

"Tousley Ford stands as a prime example of where automotive retailing, service, parts and finance is going," said Michael Maroone, president and Chief Operating Officer for AutoNation, Tousley's parent company. "They've embraced the idea of innovation, because they've been willing to make bold moves to meet the needs of their customers, they've won the trust and the patronage of the communities they serve. In this industry, consumer confidence is one of the most difficult things to cultivate, and Tousley Ford sets the standard."

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 http://corp.AutoNation.com or http://www.AutoNation.com , where more than 100,000 vehicles are available for sale.

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CO:  AutoNation, Inc.; Tousley Ford; Ford Motor Company
ST:  Florida, Minnesota
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SU:  AWD

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