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Auto-By-Tel Changes Name, Web Site

Auto-By-Tel Corp. today announced it changed its name to "autobytel.com inc." in conjunction with the launch of an enhanced version of its Web site.

Both are part of the auto site's long-term plans to offer comprehensive services online, including proprietary research tools, pricing information, links to third-party information providers and low-cost car buying, the company said in a statement.

"Until now, consumers have thought of Autobytel.com primarily as a purchasing program that enables them to get a great deal on a new or used car," said Mark Lorimer, Autobytel.com's president and CEO. "The enhanced features on the new site let Autobytel.com play a more integral role in the car-buying process, while retaining our commitment to painless car buying."

New tools now available include search functions, Kelley Blue Book used car prices, a for-sale-by-owner section, and the Consumer Test Drive area where consumers can share their personal views on vehicles they've recently driven.

Autobytel.com inc. is a nationally branded Internet-based purchasing program for new and certified used vehicles and related consumer services, with a network of more than 2,600 dealerships, representing every major automotive manufacturer, the company said.