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Lithia Motors Launches Apple Business Chat

October 2, 2018

MEDFORD, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 2, 2018--Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE: LAD) today announced it is available to customers on  Apple Business Chat, a new way for users to communicate directly with businesses using the Messages app on iPhone and iPad.

“We are thrilled to support Apple Business Chat, which gives us a powerful and engaging connection with our customers,” said Bryan DeBoer, President and CEO of Lithia Motors. “Most of our customers prefer iOS, and we always want to exceed their expectations when they experience Lithia. Apple Business Chat makes communicating with Lithia as easy as messaging a friend, so we expect it will quickly become our customers’ preferred customer service channel.”

Lithia Motors customers can use Apple Business Chat to easily schedule service appointments, get a price on a vehicle, apply for financing, value a trade-in, or just ask a question 24 hours a day 7 days a week all by searching Lithia Motors using Safari, Maps, Search and Siri. With Business Chat, customers can always reach a live person and are always in control of whether they share any contact information with a business.

To start an Apple Business Chat, customers can click the ‘Chat with Messages’ button on Lithia’s website. A conversation with Lithia agents will open instantly in the Messages app, and users can take their time responding when it’s convenient.

Apple Business Chat is now available to users and businesses in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and US, and is built into iOS 11.3 and higher. For more information visit:  apple.com/ios/business-chat.

About Lithia:

Lithia Motors, Inc. is one of the largest providers of personal transportation solutions in the United States and is among the fastest growing companies in the Fortune 500 (#294-2018). Consumers can buy, sell and service vehicles at Lithia.com or through our 182 nationwide locations. Our mission statement, Growth Powered by People, drives us to continuously improve and to give back to our communities.

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CONTACT: Lithia Motors, Inc.

Tom Dobry, 1-541-734-3015

Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

tdobry@lithia.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA OREGON

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE MOBILE/WIRELESS AUTOMOTIVE FLEET MANAGEMENT GENERAL AUTOMOTIVE

SOURCE: Lithia Motors, Inc.

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