FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 11, 2006--AmeriCredit has funded its first Canadian auto loan, taking the initial step to re-establish itself as a major competitor in the Canadian auto-lending market.

The company has established its new Canadian offices for AmeriCredit Financial Services of Canada in Mississauga, Ontario. The company's Canadian underwriting team is based at this central location, while its sales representatives are located in different areas and serve auto dealers throughout the country.

Howard Cobham, AmeriCredit's senior vice president of Dealer Services, Canada, says AmeriCredit is thrilled to be competing in the Canadian market again. "The culmination of months of planning and development has resulted in exactly what we'd hoped for: AmeriCredit has received an unprecedented reception from Canadian auto dealers and is certain it can provide a much-needed lending resource for customers in Canada," says Cobham.

Cobham adds that resuming Canadian lending is an important part of AmeriCredit's plan to incrementally grow new loan originations. By July 1, the company plans to expand its Canadian lending initiative throughout Ontario and into Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Atlantic region. AmeriCredit is also developing plans to enter the Quebec market at a later date.

AmeriCredit previously originated loans in Canada from 1998 to 2003 when it exited the market due to a company restructure. Since that time, AmeriCredit has continued to operate a successful collection centre with more than 400 team members in Peterborough, Ontario, in addition to collection centers in the United States.

About AmeriCredit

AmeriCredit Corp. (NYSE:ACF) is a leading independent automobile finance company that provides financing solutions indirectly through auto dealers and directly to consumers in the United States and Canada. AmeriCredit has approximately 1 million customers and $12 billion in managed auto receivables. The Company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information, visit www.americredit.com.

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SOURCE: AmeriCredit Corp.