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March 29, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Internet car-shopping service Autobytel.com Inc. said Tuesday its affiliated dealers generated more than $3.4 billion in sales this quarter, up 26% from the first quarter last year. The Irvine company couldn't say how much revenue it would receive from the transactions, but said its Autobytel.com and CarSmart.com Web sites are expected to attract more than 3 million users this quarter.
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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
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
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.
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
October 6, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Autobytel.com Inc., an Internet automobile-dealer referral service, canceled its planned acquisition of the publisher of Chilton auto-repair manuals after Autobytel.com shares fell, cutting the purchase price 8% to $16 million. Autobytel.com said it called off the stock and cash acquisition in a one-sentence filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission and didn't specify a reason. The Irvine-based company couldn't be immediately reached to comment.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1999 | (Bloomberg News)
Autobytel.com Inc., an online automobile-dealer referral service, said Wednesday that it plans to open a German Web site late in the first half of 2000, moving into Europe's biggest auto market. Irvine-based Autobytel.com, which said it will broker $9 billion to $13 billion in sales this year, has already opened sites in Britain and Sweden and has plans to open sites in the other Scandinavian countries and Japan. The company may have problems entering Germany.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1999 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER
If annual shareholders meetings are any indication of corporate culture, Irvine-based Autobytel.com Inc. appears to have the casual thing down. After all, this is a company founded by Pete Ellis, whose passion for surfing, hula and Woodies has spawned a companywide passion for Hawaiian shirts. The corporation even had its own customized Hawaiian shirt created, in which surfboard-toting cars all have the same license plate--"autobytel."
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.
BUSINESS
July 5, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW
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.
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