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WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 10, 1997--

Leading automotive buyer's guide links with Auto-By-Tel to

create seamless resource for researching and purchasing vehicles

Automotive Information Center (AIC AIC Association des Infermières Canadiennes. ), the industry's leading provider of objective new and used vehicle information, announced today that AutoSite (http://www.autosite.com), AIC's 30,000-page online buyer's guide -- the industry-standard and leading Internet-based source for information on new and used cars and trucks -- is now available at no cost for personal use by car and truck buyers and sellers.

In a related development, AutoSite announced today it is extending its relationship with Auto-By-Tel, the premier automotive online purchasing program. Through a multi-year agreement, AutoSite will become Auto-By-Tel's source for free new and used car specifications, equipment and prices via Auto-By-Tel's programs on America Online See AOL. , CompuServe, Prodigy and WorldNet.

"From research to acquisition, this partnership makes any vehicle purchase as quick and painless as possible -- at no additional cost to the consumer," said Wayne Lilley, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Automotive Information Center. "The partnership seamlessly integrates AutoSite's thorough research with Auto-By-Tel's effective online car buying services to provide the most complete, informed purchasing process Purchasing Purchasing is the formal process of buying goods and services.

The Purchasing Process can vary from one organization to another but there are some key elements that are common throughout

The process usually starts with a 'Demand' or requirements
 available anywhere."

"Auto-By-Tel strongly believes in information-empowered consumers," said Pete Ellis Pete Ellis could refer to
  • Earl Hancock Ellis
  • Pete Ellis (ornithologist)
, Auto-By-Tel's president and CEO. "AutoSite's timely, comprehensive and now totally free automotive information will give our users the tools they need to make informed buying decisions."

Through close integration with Auto-By-Tel, AutoSite plans "express routes" to streamline the process of locating a vehicle while matching the consumer's needs and budget. Having decided on a new or used vehicle using AutoSite, the customer can then submit a no-obligation Purchase Request and an optional financing application through Auto-By-Tel. The consumer's request is then routed to an Auto-By-Tel Accredited accredited

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cattle herds which have achieved a low level of reactors to, e.g.
 Dealer for a competitive price quote. Users can also shop for low-cost insurance on Auto-By-Tel's Website.

About Auto-By-Tel

Auto-By-Tel is the leading nationally branded Internet-based purchasing program for new and used vehicles and related consumer services Consumer Services refers to the formulation, deformulation, technical consulting and testing of most consumer products, such as food, herbs, beverages, vitamins, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, hair products, household cleaners, [paints, plastics, metals, waxes, coatings, minerals, , including automotive financing and insurance. Since the Company introduced its services in March 1995, it has received over 625,000 vehicle Purchase Requests from consumers. Auto-By-Tel's Accredited Dealer Network totals over 1,900 franchises.

About Automotive Information Center

Automotive Information Center is the industry's leading provider of objective new and used vehicle information to automotive writers, professionals and consumers. The Company, based in Westborough, Mass., develops and maintains AutoSite (http://www.autosite.com), a 30,000-page online buyer's guide and the leading source for Internet-based consumer information on new and used cars and trucks; AutoSite Pro, a Web-based analytical tool for automotive industry The automotive industry is the industry involved in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of motor vehicles. In 2006, more than 69 million motor vehicles, including cars and commercial vehicles were produced worldwide.  professionals; and AutoNet Analyst, the CD-ROM-based software used by automotive industry analysts, planners and advertisers.

Since 1982, AIC has compiled pricing, specifications, standard and optional equipment, and a wide range of supporting data on all cars, vans, light trucks and sport utilities sold in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  and has sold over five million vehicle information reports for personal use. Through its Source: AutoSite campaign, AIC also licenses its data to automotive and consumer publishers for reprint reprint An individually bound copy of an article in a journal or science communication  use and syndicated online modules. AIC is a division of Information Access Company and of The Thomson Corporation.

About Information Access Company

Information Access Company offers general reference, business, academic, legal and health reference products designed to turn information into answers. Founded in 1976, Information Access Company was acquired by The Thomson Corporation in 1994, becoming part of the Thomson Business Information unit. Information Access Company now employs an international force of over 900 people, with employees and products serving North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and Latin America Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. . -0-

Note to Editors: AutoSite is a trademark of Automotive Information Center. Auto-By-Tel is a registered service mark of Auto-By-Tel Corporation. All other products or company names are trademarks of their respective holders.

CONTACT: Collaborative Communications, Inc.

Alison Buckholtz, 617/520-9103

buckhltz@collaborative.com

Dan Sher, 617/520-9105

sher@collaborative.com
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