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Group 1 Automotive Adds Large Metropolitan Ford Dealership in Houston; Dealership Will Operate as Sterling McCall Ford


February 22, 2011 - HOUSTON, TX

Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE: GPI), aFortune 500 automotive retailer, today announced that it acquired a Forddealership in Houston. The dealership will operate as Sterling McCall Ford,under Group 1's Central Region, and is expected to generate approximately$70.0 million in estimated annual revenues.

Sterling McCall Ford, previously operated as Freeway Ford, is located at6445 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77074. The dealership is in closeproximity to 10 additional dealerships Group 1 owns and operates in theHouston-market area.

"We are pleased to add this Ford dealership to our existing group of storesin the strong, Houston market," said Earl Hesterberg, Group 1's presidentand chief executive officer. "The dealership is in a desirable location andhas significant upside potential as it is integrated into Group 1'soperations. The acquisition of this Ford dealership is evidence of thestrong relationship we have with Ford Motor Company and is consistent withGroup 1's growth strategy of acquiring strong brands in our existingmarkets that will leverage scale, add value for our shareholders and gainmarket share."

About Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
Group 1 owns and operates 101 automotive dealerships, 130 franchises, and26 collision service centers in the United States and the United Kingdomthat offer 30 brands of automobiles. Through its dealerships, the companysells new and used cars and light trucks; arranges related financing,vehicle service and insurance contracts; provides maintenance and repairservices; and sells replacement parts.

Group 1 Automotive can be reached on the Internet at www.group1auto.com.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements," which arestatements related to future, not past, events and are based on our currentexpectations and assumptions regarding our business, the economy and otherfuture conditions. In this context, the forward-looking statements ofteninclude statements regarding our goals, plans, projections and guidanceregarding our financial position, results of operations, market position,pending and potential future acquisitions and business strategy, and oftencontain words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans,""believes," "seeks," "may" or "will" and similar expressions. Any suchforward-looking statements are not assurances of future performance andinvolve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differmaterially from those set forth in the statements. These risks anduncertainties include, among other things, (a) general economic andbusiness conditions, (b) the level of manufacturer incentives, (c) thefuture regulatory environment, (d) our ability to obtain an inventory ofdesirable new and used vehicles, (e) our relationship with our automobilemanufacturers and the willingness of manufacturers to approve futureacquisitions, (f) our cost of financing and the availability of credit forconsumers, (g) our ability to complete acquisitions and dispositions andthe risks associated therewith, (h) foreign exchange controls and currencyfluctuations, and (i) our ability to retain key personnel. These factors,as well as additional factors that could affect our forward-lookingstatements, are described in our Form 10-K under the headings"Business--Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis ofFinancial Condition and Results of Operations." We urge you to carefullyconsider this information. We undertake no duty to update ourforward-looking statements, including our earnings outlook, whether as aresult of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as maybe required by law.

Investor contacts:
Kim Paper Canning, Manager, Investor Relations | Group 1 Automotive Inc. |
713-647-5741 | Email Contact

Media contacts:
Pete DeLongchamps, Vice President, Manufacturer Relations and Public
Affairs | Group 1 Automotive Inc. | 713-647-5770 |
Email Contact
or
Clint Woods, Pierpont Communications, Inc. | 713-627-2223 |
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