AutoCanada Inc. Announces GM Canada Approval of AutoCanada Investment in Chevrolet GMC Buick Dealership

EDMONTON, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - AutoCanada Inc. ("AutoCanada" or the "Company") (TSX: ACQ) announced today that it has obtained approval from General Motors of Canada ("GM Canada") to purchase an 80% non-voting equity interest in Peter Baljet Chevrolet GMC Buick ("Peter Baljet") located in Duncan, British Columbia.  Peter Baljet currently services the Duncan and Cowichan Valley area of Vancouver Island; and in 2012 sold 416 new vehicles and 372 used vehicles. 

In accordance with the previously announced terms of the ownership structure for GM dealerships approved by GM Canada, AutoCanada shall purchase an 80% non-voting equity interest through a holding company together with Pat Priestner, Chief Executive Officer of AutoCanada, and other senior managers, with Mr. Priestner having 100% of the voting shares of the holding company and named as Dealer Operator.  The transaction was reviewed and approved by AutoCanada's independent members of its Board of Directors.  AutoCanada will integrate the operations of the dealership into the Company's Lower Mainland platform.  The Company expects the closing date of the transaction to be March 1, 2013.

"AutoCanada is pleased to be approved for its third GM Canada dealership, and looks forward to representing the Chevrolet, Buick and GMC brands in this economically stable and vibrant community and building upon the 26 years of proud success of Peter Baljet." stated Pat Priestner, Chief Executive Officer of AutoCanada."

About AutoCanada

AutoCanada is one of Canada's largest multi-location automobile dealership groups, currently operating 27 franchised dealerships in six provinces and has over 1,100 employees.  AutoCanada currently sells Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, FIAT, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Infiniti, Nissan, Hyundai, Subaru, Mitsubishi, and Volkswagen branded vehicles.  In 2011, our dealerships sold approximately 28,000 vehicles and processed approximately 300,000 service and collision repair orders in our 333 service bays during that time.

Additional information about AutoCanada Inc. is available at www.sedar.com and the Company's website at www.autocan.ca.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements and information (collectively "forward-looking statements"), within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation.  We hereby provide cautionary statements identifying important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements.  Any statements that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, through the use of words or phrases such as "will likely result", "are expected to", "will continue", "is anticipated", "projection", "vision", "goals", "objective", "target", "schedules", "outlook", "anticipate", "expect", "estimate", "could", "should", "expect", "plan", "seek", "may", "intend", "likely", "will", "believe" and similar expressions are not historical facts and are forward-looking and may involve estimates and assumptions and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors some of which are beyond our control and difficult to predict.  Accordingly, these factors could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.  Therefore, any such forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the factors discussed throughout this document.

The Company's Annual Information Form and other documents filed with securities regulatory authorities (accessible through the SEDAR website www.sedar.com describe the risks, material assumptions and other factors that could influence actual results and which are incorporated herein by reference.

Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and, except as required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.  New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all of such factors and to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.

SOURCE: AutoCanada Inc.

For further information:

Jeff Christie, CA
Vice-President, Finance
Phone:  (780) 732-7164
Email: jchristie@autocan.ca