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AutoZone Hooks Up with G3 Boats and Yamaha Motor Corporation; Summer Boat Sweepstakes Begins at Over 3,000 AutoZone Locations Nationwide.

MILWAUKEE, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoZone Inc. will give away a bass fishing boat, motor and trailer worth over $21,000 as a part of its new national marine battery promotion and sweepstakes.

AutoZone is the sole distributor of Duralast(R) batteries and a leading distributor of Optima(R) marine batteries, both manufactured by Johnson Controls, Inc. To encourage customers to purchase Duralast or Optima Marine Batteries, AutoZone and Johnson Controls have launched the six-week promotion in over 3,000 participating stores nationwide. They have partnered with G3 Boats for a fully loaded 2003 HP180se bass fishing boat and with Yamaha Motor Corporation for a HPDI VMAX150 motor. The boat and motor, along with a trailer, will be awarded in September.

"Most people shop at AutoZone stores specifically for automotive parts and accessories. Giving away a G3 boat is an excellent way to convey the message that AutoZone also carries marine batteries," said Stephen Kepler, director of national accounts for Johnson Controls. "We encourage customers to come to AutoZone and enjoy the ease and convenience of purchasing their automotive parts and marine batteries all at the same location."

Consumers have the opportunity to enter to win the G3 bass boat at participating AutoZone locations nationwide through August 15, 2003. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. Entrants must be legal residents of the Continental U.S. and must be at least 21 years of age at the time of entry.

Entry forms can be found at participating AutoZone locations in the U.S., and must be postmarked by August 30 and received by September 8 to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be drawn on September 15, 2003. Customers can visit http://www.stirmarketing.com/poweronthewater for official rules and details.

As of May 10, 2003, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals and accessories through 3,152 AutoZone stores in 45 states plus the District of Columbia in the U.S. and 43 stores in Mexico and also sells ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software. On the web, AutoZone sells diagnostic and repair information through http://www.alldatadiy.com/ and auto and light truck parts through http://www.autozone.com/ .

Johnson Controls, Inc. is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of integrated seating and interior systems, and batteries. For nonresidential facilities, Johnson Controls provides control systems and services including comfort, energy and security management. Johnson Controls , founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.johnsoncontrols.com .

G3 Boats provides a full-line of over 60 quality aluminum fishing boats and Sun Catcher pontoons through 175 authorized marine dealers throughout the U.S.A. Headquartered in Lebanon, Missouri, G3 was acquired by Yamaha Motor Corporation in 1997. To order a free G3 Boats catalog and to locate the dealer nearest you, visit http://www.g3boats.com/ or call toll-free 800-588-9787.

Anglers who fish freshwater lakes and rivers will appreciate Yamaha's new High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) VMAX 150hp outboard which offers the perfect mix of performance and fuel economy making it the best outboard motor available for freshwater anglers. The HPDI VMAX already meets the EPA's 2006 low-emission requirements by reducing emissions 75 percent. Like all Yamaha two-stroke outboards, the new motors are backed by Yamaha's Two-Year Factory Limited Warranty at no extra cost.

CONTACT: Ryan Chuckel for AutoZone Inc., +1-414-278-0040, ryanc@stirmarketing.com

Web site: http://www.stirmarketing.com/poweronthewater http://www.alldatadiy.com/ http://www.g3boats.com/ http://www.autozone.com/ http://www.johnsoncontrols.com/

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