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Trump Receives Report on U.S. Security Threat of Car Imports

President Donald Trump has received the findings of a probe into whether imported vehicles pose a national security threat, which could lead the U.S. to impose tariffs. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has submitted his recommendations to Trump, the department said in a statement on Sunday in Washington, without offering any insights into the findings. Trump […]

Leasing’s New Look: Financiers Give Lease Options a Makeover

From the February issue: With new-car purchases lagging and used-values increasing, captives and OEMs are reimagining lease products to keep their customer bases growing. Roughly a decade ago, 1.4 million new vehicles were leased — a 16% penetration rate. Fast forward to 2019, and lease volume is expected to reach 4.1 million, with penetration as […]

Volvo Financial Taps 7 Startups With iLabX Program

Volvo Financial Services is hosting seven startups for its iLabX program, which gives the companies an opportunity to develop ideas and utilize the captive’s resources over 10 weeks at VFS U.S. headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. The seven companies, announced today, were selected from 183 applicants and will have an opportunity to partner with the captive following […]

Westlake Exec Outlines Auto Finance Strategy for the Current Economic Cycle [VIDEO]

Technology tools will help lenders navigate and excel in the current financial cycle, said Paul Kerwin, Westlake Financial EVP and CFO, at the 18th Annual Auto Finance Summit. “For auto finance, we’re really in a new cycle and a new game,” Kerwin said. “The cycle started in 2009. Everything was pretty easy — there wasn’t […]

From Profitability to Viability, Execs Weigh In on Subscription Services [VIDEO]

OEMs are still trying to crack the code of profitability and consumer interest in subscription services. Leading providers in the space weighed in on this relatively new method of car utilization, in a session at the 18th Annual Auto Finance Summit. Mason McLead, vice president of engineering at car-as-a-service company Fair, defined a subscription as […]

McGlinchey Stafford Signs On as Compliance Partner for Auto Finance Excellence

Auto Finance Excellence, a sister service of Auto Finance News, is proud to announce McGlinchey Stafford as the official Compliance partner. McGlinchey Stafford’s National Consumer Financial Services Group works with clients providing advice on federal and state compliance and litigation. The firm handles a range of vehicle finance legal needs, from documentation, licensing, and transactional advice to resolution […]

Volvo Financial Taps 7 Startups With iLabX Program

Volvo Financial Services is hosting seven startups for its iLabX program, which gives the companies an opportunity to develop ideas and utilize the captive’s resources over 10 weeks at VFS U.S. headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. The seven companies, announced today, were selected from 183 applicants and will have an opportunity to partner with the captive following […]

‘Unseasonal’ 4Q Origination Boost Puts CPS on Track for Growth in 2019

Consumer Portfolio Services is counting on marketing and technology enhancements implemented last year to spur origination volume, despite potential complications with changes in the tax code coupled with the government shutdown. CPS originations shot up 32% year over year, to $251 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. In fact, fourth-quarter volume was the highest […]

Trump Receives Report on U.S. Security Threat of Car Imports

President Donald Trump has received the findings of a probe into whether imported vehicles pose a national security threat, which could lead the U.S. to impose tariffs. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has submitted his recommendations to Trump, the department said in a statement on Sunday in Washington, without offering any insights into the findings. Trump […]

Senate Banking Committee Urges Oversight of Data Security

As auto lenders increasingly turn to technology to improve customer experience, the Senate Banking Committee is pushing for “close scrutiny” over the way financial institutions collect, use, and protect personally identifiable consumer information, the committee announced this week. Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) asked for feedback from […]

Nicholas Financial to Improve Underwriting Amid Earnings Drop

Subprime lender Nicholas Financial Inc. suffered losses in 2018 as a result of legacy portfolios with “difficult pools in terms of underwriting quality” from purchases made in previous years, Chief Executive Doug Marohn said in an earnings statement earlier this month. Clearwater, Fla.-based Nicholas lost $900,000 for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2018, and originations […]
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