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    May 11, 2004

    Source: Audi of America

    LITTLETON, Colo., May 11 /PRNewswire/ — Douglas McDonald, President of
    McDonald Automotive Group, is combining cutting edge technology with time-
    honored traditions that have led to decades of success and customer
    satisfaction. We are proud to announce the official launch of our new Audi
    and Volkswagen service and sales centers, as well as our new and separate
    collision center campus. These projects have taken nearly three years to
    complete, at an investment by McDonald Automotive Group of $8.8 million.

    McDonald’s Audi facilities, along with others, mark a national brand
    initiative and concept for the automaker called, the “New World of Audi.”
    McDonald’s renovated 18,600-square-foot service and sales facility is
    highlighted by a well-manicured outdoor patio to view current Audi models as
    well as a vast inventory of high-quality certified pre-owned vehicles. If the
    weather does not cooperate, a client can explore ten vehicles in our glass
    walled showroom. This facility features a relaxing lounge complete with a
    plasma television, a fully stocked “quattro Cafe” and is complemented by a
    computer workstation if your business mind calls you away.

    “The McDonald Automotive Group and Audi are focused on a flawless customer
    service experience supported by a benchmark product, a comfortable and
    convenient showroom and a friendly, knowledgeable staff,” says Mr. McDonald.
    “Now, we are bringing these elements together in a world-class facility.”

    We are dually proud of our new Volkswagen sales and service facility.
    This 23,700-square-foot structure also displays eight current products in the
    Volkswagen lineup, as well as the capacity to service up to eighteen vehicles
    at any given time. This remarkable building lends itself to customer
    friendliness with a computer work center, customer cafe and a children’s
    entertainment area. If nostalgia is what you seek, you will be pleased to
    view one of the last original Volkswagen Beetles ever produced. This 1979
    convertible has never been titled and has only 35 original miles. It is one
    of the last one hundred models ever imported to the United States. This
    structure is but another facet in the McDonald Automotive Group experience
    … drivers wanted!

    The collision center, located in the South Park Business Complex,
    encompasses 47,000 square feet on approximately seven acres, setting the
    benchmark in the industry for all collision centers. This facility features
    three Garmat downflow paint booths with six Garmat body prep stations and four
    laser measuring frame racks to ensure the most precise and high-quality repair
    possible for your vehicle. This highly advanced repair facility incorporates
    a well-appointed new vehicle pre-delivery center, as well as a full detail
    shop supporting up to eight vehicles at one time.

    The McDonald family has been selling and servicing Volkswagens from the
    Littleton location since 1965, as well as providing sales and service for the
    Audi product line since 1994. The family’s roots in the automotive business
    go back to 1926 when McDonald’s father, Stanley, began selling Dodge
    automobiles in Yakima, Wash., and followed with the opening of his own Dodge
    store in Roswell, N.M., in 1949. Today, with three sons by his side, the
    McDonald family owns and operates some of the largest and fastest growing Audi
    and Volkswagen dealerships in the United States. Both franchises boast
    rankings in the top 15 dealers in the nation. McDonald Automotive Group is
    located on the 6000 block of South Broadway, Littleton, Colorado. In addition
    to selling Volkswagen and Audi brand products, McDonald is proud to offer the
    sales and service of Volvo, Mazda and Hyundai and pre-owned vehicles.
    McDonald Automotive Group has three sales and service facilities supporting
    five franchises and 271 employees. In addition, Douglas McDonald has served
    as chairman, vice-chairman and district director for the Colorado Automobile
    Dealers Association and chairman of the National Volkswagen Dealer Council.
    In 1991, Time Magazine, in cooperation with the National Automobile Dealers
    Association, honored him with the Quality Dealer Award. McDonald Automotive
    Group shares their success with the community by supporting many charities and
    clubs, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with an annual golf

    Douglas McDonald, his three sons, and the entire staff at McDonald
    Automotive Group are excited to announce a ribbon-cutting ceremony at
    7:15 p.m. (Audi) and at 8:15 p.m. (Volkswagen) on May 11 and will feature
    Volkswagen of America President, Gerd Klauss, Audi of America Vice President,
    Axel Mees, Vice President of Volkswagen, Len Hunt and several hundred of
    McDonald’s customers and friends. There will be entertainment provided,
    including a jazz guitarist to play in the Volkswagen facility as well as a
    pianist in the new Audi showroom.

    “Audi and Volkswagen are ahead of the curve in styling, technology and
    retail concepts,” says Mr. McDonald. “With the Audi and Volkswagen Brands as
    part of our feature line of vehicles, we have echoed their philosophies of
    design and technology with our new sales and service facilities. We are
    excited to welcome our past, present, as well as future customers.”