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BUSINESS
January 24, 2000 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Online auto referral service Autobytel.com Inc. will launch a new direct-purchase program today that will make buying cars as easy as buying books online. With the nationwide direct-to-consumer buying program, Irvine-based Autobytel said it will offer consumers access to millions of vehicles--and the sticker price for each--from dealers nationwide.
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NEWS
March 23, 2000 | By ROBIN FIELDS,
Online car-sales leader Autobytel.com Inc. in Irvine has taken a bold but risky step to close its customer gender gap by adding a feature in its Web site tailored just for women. The move is a first in the fast-growing online car-sales industry and is being closely watched by rivals who wonder whether the gamble is worth the possible backlash it could set off. Autobytel.
BUSINESS
October 8, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jumping into the hot market for auctions on the Internet, Irvine-based Autobytel.com Inc. said Thursday that it will become the first company to auction both new and used cars from its Web site. The auctioning of cars from both dealers and individuals comes as online auto sellers struggle to find the right strategy for selling vehicles on the Internet. Autobytel's decision pits it squarely against online auction giant EBay Inc. and other Web players, such as Amazon.
BUSINESS
May 28, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What a difference a news release makes. On a day when stocks in general and Internet commerce stocks in particular took a bath, Irvine-based Autobytel.com Inc. saw its shares soar 47% Thursday after it said that purchase requests through its online network now result in $1 million in car sales each hour. While the company's news release moved the stock, the number was a repackaging of old figures rather than actual news.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2000 | ROBIN FIELDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Online car-sales leader Autobytel.com Inc. in Irvine has taken a bold but risky step to close its customer gender gap by adding a feature in its Web site tailored just for women. The move is a first in the fast-growing online car industry and is being closely watched by rivals who wonder whether the gamble is worth the possible backlash it could set off. Autobytel.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2006 | John O'Dell
Autobytel Inc., the Irvine-based online car shopping service, said Dealix Corp. had agreed to pay it $20 million to settle a 2-year-old patent infringement suit. Autobytel's federal suit alleged that Redwood City, Calif.-based Dealix had copied its patented system for real-time routing of consumers' online inquiries to the appropriate car dealers. Dealix is an Internet lead management services provider to auto dealers.
BUSINESS
July 5, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW, Jonathan Gaw covers technology and electronic commerce for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7818 and at jonathan.gaw@latimes.com
The difference between a great Web site and the best Web site in automobile selling appears to be just how you ask the question. Last week, Gomez Advisors, a Concord, Mass.-based consulting firm that publishes scorecards on electronic commerce sites for various categories, released its first critique of online automobile sites, ranking Microsoft Corp.'s Carpoint No. 1, edging out Irvine-based Autobytel.com.
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