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Automotive Information Center makes AutoSite free to consumers.

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), 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, 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 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 available anywhere."

"Auto-By-Tel strongly believes in information-empowered consumers," said Pete Ellis, 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 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, 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 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 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 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, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and Latin America. -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.

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