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Manheim Online CyberLot Sales Pass $150 Million

8 July 1998

Manheim Online Breaks Record With More Than $150 Million In CyberLot Sales via the Internet
Manheim Auctions' Internet Service Shifts Automotive E-Commerce into High Gear

    ATLANTA, July 8 -- Manheim Online (,
the leader in auto-related electronic commerce and a service of Manheim
Auctions, reached the milepost of $150 million in vehicle sales via the
Internet.  With CyberLot sales rising at a dramatic pace, in only 16 weeks
Manheim has met and surpassed last year's $60 million mark in vehicles sold on
the Internet, posting more than $150 million in CyberLot sales.

    Track Record of Success
    In 1996, Manheim Online started its engine in an intense development,
testing and refining process with Lexus Financial Services. After perfecting
the service, Manheim Online was launched in the fall of 1997 as the only
electronic commerce site for wholesale automobile professionals, reaching $60
million in sales by year-end.
    Manheim Online is continuing to grow quickly in 1998, reaching $40 million
in sales in the first quarter, placing the company on track to double its 1997
revenues in the first half of 1998.  On April 10, Manheim Online reached the
million-dollar milepost with $100,701,689 in total cumulative sales since its
    Manheim Online has affected the way franchises and individual dealers
steer their businesses.  Manheim's customers are making strategic decisions to
parlay Manheim Online's success into their own.  "Since its inception in 1996,
our online outreach to dealers via Manheim Online has grown to include 250
Toyota and 90 Lexus dealers nationwide, and we're expecting continued growth
and results this year," said Tom Haeberer, Internet Remarketing Manager of
Toyota Motor Credit Corporation/Lexus Financial Services. The success and
growth of Manheim Online has allowed more dealers to take advantage of one of
the industry's most comprehensive full-service on-line inventory processes -
allowing dealers to keep pace with today's advanced technology and
changing consumer preferences.
    "We know the automotive industry, and we know the Internet.  That is how
we have been able to build Manheim Online into a successful service in less
than two years," said Ralph Liniado, Senior Vice President of Development for
Manheim Auctions. "Our approach to electronic commerce has redefined the
automotive business on the Web and has impacted the methods the
automobile industry uses to move cars."
    Anthony Ascione, pre-owned sales manager for BMW of North America, has
witnessed firsthand the necessity and undisputed benefits of partnering with
Manheim Online.  "We see this as a valuable tool that complements our existing
structure in getting vehicles into the marketplace more quickly so our
retailers can sell them and make money."

    In the Fast Lane for 1998
    Across the nation, dealers have applauded Manheim Online with more than
5,000 dealers currently subscribing.  Based on Manheim Auctions' aggressive
technology initiative for 1998, the company projects Manheim Online's dealer
subscribers will reach 15,000 by the end of the year.  Sales are also expected
to approach the $200,000,000 mark by year-end.

    Site Upgrades and Enhancements
    Since the site's inception, Manheim Online has been committed to providing
wholesale automobile professionals with the best technology, services and
tools to help dealers drive sales, service and profitability.  Manheim Online
continues to add enhancements and features to maximize the Internet for
    Manheim Online launched Silent CyberAuctions(TM) with BMW in May.  This
first live bidding wholesale auto auction on the Web sold more than $1.6
million in vehicles.  Manheim Auctions will be rolling out CyberAuctions with
other customers in the coming months.
    Manheim Online has also unveiled PowerSearch(TM) - a new search engine
capability for dealers that allows them to customize a pre-sale search list of
vehicles.  A dealer can search and sort by make, model, year, region, mileage,
or auction location to pinpoint the exact vehicles needed to replenish their
inventory.  This new search engine saves dealers significant time in the
vehicle searching process.

    About Manheim Online
    Manheim Online, an extended service of Manheim Auctions, is the world
leader in auto-related electronic commerce.  Manheim Online has been named one
of the top 10 electronic commerce sites on the World Wide Web by PC Week
magazine.  Additional information regarding Manheim Online and Manheim
Auctions is available on the Internet at

    About Manheim Auctions
    Founded in 1945, Manheim Auctions, Inc. is the world's largest operator of
wholesale automobile auctions with more than 75 locations in North America and
the United Kingdom. In 1997, Manheim handled more than six million vehicles.
The value of the vehicles sold at auction exceeded $28 billion.  In support of
the core auction business, Manheim also provides vehicle  reconditioning and
certification, automated vehicle pricing products, dealer floor plan
financing, dealer business software, and government auctions.  Manheim is a
partner with the Dealer Services Division of Automated Data Processing,
offering free Internet used car listings to dealers and consumers via
AutoConnect at
    Manheim is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc.  In addition to Manheim,
Cox includes Cox Newspapers, Inc., Cox Broadcasting, Inc., and publicly traded
Cox Communications, Inc. and Cox Radio, Inc. Cox
Enterprises also provides online news, information and entertainment services
via the Internet through Cox Interactive Media.
    Manheim Auctions and Manheim Online are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Cox Enterprises, Inc. in the United States and/or other