Named Website of the Year Finalist in
Stevie® Awards for Women in Business

Phoenix, AZ, November 24, 2008 -- (AutohausAZ), a Phoenix-based worldwide distributor of OEM auto parts for European and Asian cars, was selected as a Website of the Year Finalist in the 5th Annual Stevie Awards for Women from entries worldwide. Nicknamed the Stevies from the Greek word meaning 'crowned', they're hailed as the world's premier business awards and are often referred to as the Oscars for business. This award recognizes excellence in websites created and maintained by and for women.

In the male-dominated auto parts industry, stands out from its competition not only as a 100% woman-owned company but also as one of the largest European car parts distributors on the Internet.

AutohausAZ named Website of the Year Finalist in Stevie Awards for Women
AutohausAZ named Website of the Year Finalist

"What makes AutohausAZ unique is that we're one of the only auto parts websites worldwide handling everything in-house - ecatalog compilation & maintenance, order processing, shipping, website design & innovation, brand selection, pricing, auto repair article authoring, and pre- & post-sales support. We take pride in helping customers solve car repair problems by providing superior products, excellent pricing and unmatched customer service," states Carolyn Lefebvre, President/CEO, AutohausAZ

"Most of our competitors subcontract out nearly all of these critical customer service functions, thus losing control of the quality of their customers' shopping experiences, the brands being offered, and the accuracy of their cataloging and order processing. AutohausAZ is truly committed to making every customer's visit with us, whether online, via email or on the telephone, as pleasant, easy and convenient as possible."

Customers are pleasantly surprised by AutohausAZ's distinctly different customer service, much of which stems from its woman-ownership. Women tend to avoid being overly technical and they're not usually knowledgeable about auto repair or parts shopping. As mothers, they're also nurturing and empathetic. And they're always trying to balance time constraints.

Hence, AutohausAZ's website design evolved into an interface that's extremely user-friendly and easy to navigate with intuitive search options and well-documented parts descriptions. Men and women of all auto repair skill levels can quickly find the correct parts for their cars. This user-friendly approach is AutohausAZ's focus because single-parent and dual-income households are the rule, not the exception. Leisure time is scarce and shouldn't be spent struggling with difficult navigation to find car parts or wasting time returning wrong parts and waiting for replacements.

Further simplifying the shopping experience, customers have the option to securely store personal and car data so future shopping visits don't require redundant re-entry of information. Customers can, furthermore, store parts selections in a secure shopping cart for future purchase to save time later when they're ready to buy.

Additionally, AutohausAZ provides valuable information to visitors through auto repair articles (Gasoline Alley), tech tips (Import Auto News) and automotive resources (Hot Auto Links). Added convenience is provided through a useful maintenance/repair log interface, which allows customers to store vehicle data and maintenance logs for their car(s) and schedule automatic email reminders for future maintenance, taking the pressure off them to remember when particular services need to be done. AutohausAZ's goal is to save customers time and money in every aspect of car maintenance and repair.

As a Website of the Year Finalist in the Stevie Awards for Women, AutohausAZ is proud of its contribution to assisting both genders with car repair and of the recognition it has received from so many highly respected organizations.


AutohausAZ began in 1979 as Autohaus Phoenix, a local wholesale distributor of European auto parts in Phoenix. The Company launched its website in 1998 and today distributes OEM European auto parts and Japanese auto parts to wholesale and retail customers worldwide. Specializing in German car parts (Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Mini Cooper, Porsche, and Volkswagen), also carries a wide selection of auto parts for Swedish (Saab, Volvo), British (LandRover, Jaguar) and Japanese/Asian cars (Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Nissan and Toyota, to name just a few).

In 2008, was awarded honors in the Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses in the US (347th), Top 100 Small Businesses in Arizona (12th), Top 100 Diversity-Owned Businesses in Arizona (8th), and Top 100 Woman-Owned Businesses in Arizona (7th) from AutohausAZ was also named to the Inc 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the USA (#1868), Top 100 Businesses in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale AZ (49th), and Top 100 Retail Companies in America (77th) by Magazine. In addition, was recognized as an Arizona Company to Watch by the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), in collaboration with Comerica Bank and the Edward Lowe Foundation. Carolyn Lefebvre, President/CEO of AutohausAZ, was also named to Arizona Woman Magazine's Million Dollar Club.


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