DETROIT, MI, July 22, 2002 - UnitedAuto Group, Inc. (NYSE: UAG),
a FORTUNE 500 automotive specialty retailer, announced today that it has
acquired a BMW franchise in Austin, Texas. The dealership, formerly known
as John Roberts BMW of Austin, will be renamed BMW of Austin and is expected
to add approximately $80 million in revenues on an annual basis.
President Sam DiFeo stated, "This acquisition represents UAG's first
entry into Austin. UnitedAuto also operates dealerships in Houston, Texas
for Chrysler, Dodge (two), GMC, Honda (two), Jeep and Pontiac. We are
pleased to expand our presence in the Texas market, and this acquisition
allows UnitedAuto to capitalize on the growing demographics in the Austin
area with a leading import brand."
UnitedAuto, which has pursued a strategy based on internal growth from
its existing dealerships, as well as from strategic acquisitions, operates
124 franchises in the United States and 66 franchises internationally,
primarily in the United Kingdom. UnitedAuto dealerships sell new and used
vehicles, and market a complete line of after-market automotive products
Statements in this press release may include forward-looking statements.
These forward-looking statements should be evaluated together with additional
information about UnitedAuto's business markets, conditions and other
uncertainties which are contained in UnitedAuto's filings with the Securities
and Exchange Commission and which are incorporated into this press release