July 5, 1999 |
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 as No. 1, edging out Irvine-based Autobytel.com.
March 24, 1999 |
On a day when the overall stock market plummeted, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Autoweb.com Inc. on Tuesday had a stunning market debut, with its shares nearly tripling in price--an encouraging sign for Irvine-based Autobytel.com, a competitor that plans to go public today.
November 10, 2006 |
Auto services marketer Autobytel Inc. said its third-quarter loss widened significantly on lower revenue and higher expenses. But the company's shares surged in late trading on its announcement that it had reached a marketing agreement with Time Warner Inc.'s AOL unit and was exploring strategic alternatives for its Retention Performance Marketing and Automotive Information Center business units.
December 6, 2001 |
Mark Lorimer quit as president and chief executive of Autobytel Inc. "to pursue other interests," the online auto marketer said. Lorimer was replaced by Jeffrey Schwartz, who came on board Aug. 14 when Autobytel acquired rival Autoweb.com Inc. Schwartz, who was Autoweb's president and chief executive for two years, became Autobytel's vice chairman at the time. Schwartz said Lorimer's departure was amicable. "It's a perfectly logical time in Mark's career for him to make a change," Schwartz said.
May 13, 2002 |
Autobytel Inc. was present at the creation of e-commerce. The service, which provides discount car price quotes to consumers, debuted in March 1995 on Prodigy and spread to the general Internet four months later. To use the service, car buyers fill out an online form detailing the car they want, down to the model, color and options. A day or two later, a local Autobytel-affiliated dealer calls to quote a no-haggle price.
December 16, 1999 |
Autobytel.com Inc., which operates an Internet car purchasing site, signed an agreement with General Motors Corp.'s Saturn Corp. unit to send inquiries for Saturn cars to the unit's Web site, rather than to a dealership. In a press release Wednesday, Autobytel.com said the agreement will result in more consumer inquiries to the car company's Web site, saturn.com.
June 9, 1999 |
Irvine-based Autobytel.com Inc. has signed a deal with Yahoo Inc. to offer used cars for sale online, the companies will announce today. The agreement calls for Autobytel to pay on a tiered scale to have listings posted on Yahoo, one of the most-visited sites on the Internet. Financial terms were not disclosed.
March 22, 2001 |
General Motors Corp. and Irvine online auto marketer Autobytel.com Inc. said the auto maker's Chevrolet dealers in the Washington area will test an Internet system that lets customers search for a vehicle and price throughout the region. The 90-day test of the largest auto maker's new system will include 22 dealers in northern Virginia, southern Maryland and Washington and will start May 1. The Detroit auto maker, which announced last month that Autobytel.
July 19, 1999 |
Autobytel.com Inc. launches a new advertising campaign today, with the Irvine Internet car-buying service depending heavily on good-old television. Autobytel.com, which was the first Internet company to buy TV time during a Super Bowl (in 1997), has allocated about a third of the new campaign's $15-million budget to television and print.