Mike Jackson, Chairman and COE of AutoNation America's largest automotive retailer, appearing on CNBC, announced today that the company’s total retail new vehicle unit sales in April 2013, as reported to the applicable automotive manufacturers, were 22,515, an increase of 10% as compared to April 2012. Same-store retail new vehicle unit sales in April 2013 were 21,950, an increase of 7% as compared to April 2012. Total retail new vehicle unit sales for AutoNation's operating segments were as follows:
AutoNation Total Retail Unit Sales April 2013
7,588 for Domestic, up 20% versus April 2012,
10,853 for Import, up 5% versus April 2012, and
4,074 for Premium Luxury, up 5% versus April 2012.
There were 25 selling days in April 2013 compared to 24 selling days in April 2012. AutoNation expects to report May 2013 retail new vehicle unit sales on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
AutoNation also announces today that Mercedes-Benz has awarded a new franchise to the company to be built in the Tampa, Florida market. The new franchise is subject to customary conditions, and the new Mercedes-Benz store to be constructed by AutoNation is expected to open in 2014. This will be AutoNation's 18th Mercedes-Benz franchise. AutoNation currently sells approximately 11% of the Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the United States.
Mr. Jackson stated, "We are pleased to expand our Mercedes-Benz representation by adding a new franchise in a key market where we don't currently represent Mercedes-Benz. We are excited about the Mercedes-Benz product pipeline and to have the opportunity to offer Mercedes-Benz products to more of our customers."
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