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Company History

  • 1999
  • June 3
  • autobytel Japan K.K. incorporated in Koto-ku Tokyo, as the Japanese affiliate of Autobytel Inc., pioneer and leading automotive website in the United States.
  • November 1
  • Launches online new cars dealership service
  • 2000
  • June
  • New car quote service records more than 100,000 quote requests in 5 months since service launch
  • 2003
  • July
  • Relocates office to Nishi-shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Forms business alliance with Kakaku.com, Inc. (on sharing of new cars database)
  • 2004
  • April
  • Relocates office to Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
  • 2005
  • January
  • Acquires ownership of Planet Alliance Co.,Ltd. online wholesaler of car accessories for new car dealers.
  • June
  • Launches online shopping service for car accessories targeting website users.
  • 2006
  • May
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications approves our New Car quote service as venture businessplan under the Law for Promoting Specified Telecommunications and Broadcasting Businesses.
  • June
  • Formed partnership with Yahoo! in providing content to Yahoo! Autos.
  • 2007
  • September
  • Launches wholly redesigned website of “DRT” for member dealers, online correspondence tool linking with customers.
  • November
  • Becomes a subsidiary of SBI Holdings, Inc., dissolves capital and license ties with Autobytel Inc.
  • 2008
  • April
  • Renames corporate and trade name to “Autoc one”.
    Launches “MyPage”, online correspondence tool for member customers linking with member car dealers.
  • 2009
  • April
  • Launches wholly redesigned website of Autoc one.
  • 2011
  • December
  • Merges with subsidiary Planet Alliance Co.,Ltd.
  • 2012
  • November
  • Launches “Kurumarche”, site and tool for smartphones.
  • December
  • Launches “Car Sommelier Exam” , a unique free examination tool to learn and find more about cars, and certify clasy c,/diva