VW, Ford Join to Make Vans and Explore Work on Electric Cars

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. will join forces to build pickup trucks, delivery vans and possibly more, pledging to put old rivalries aside and work together to confront a rapidly changing auto industry. The pair is set to start delivering medium-sized pickup trucks from 2022, VW and Ford said in a statement Tuesday. The […]

CFPB Asks Congress for Authority on Military Lending Act Compliance

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger issued a legislative proposal to Congress on Thursday asking for authority to supervise compliance with the Military Lending Act.  The move by Kraninger is another step to reverse policies implemented by predecessor Mick Mulvaney, who had announced in August 2018 that the bureau would scrap supervisory examinations of […]

KAR Steps Up Vehicle Valuation Capabilities in Online Auction Platform

KAR Auction Services has plans in motion to make online remarketing platform Openlane accessible on any device and to incorporate more data and analytics into the system, newly appointed president Peter Kelly told AFN. The revamp is slated to be completed by yearend. “We want to improve the user experience to more modern interfaces that don’t only work on desktops but […]

Higher Credit Quality Offsets Reduced Seasoning in CPS Securitization

Despite less loan seasoning in Consumer Portfolio Services’ first securitization of the year, the transaction’s expected loss rate is unchanged from the lender’s previous ABS deal, according to an S&P Global Ratings presale report. An emphasis on higher-tiered borrowers positively impacted the transaction, according to S&P. Specifically, the percentage of borrowers in CPS’s top three […]

Used-Vehicle Values Will Climb in 2019 If Tariff Threat, Rate Hikes Persist 

December auction prices increased 4.3% year over year, bringing the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 137.6, the company announced last week. “Three-year-old vehicles ended the month worth 2% more than they would normally have been worth had typical depreciation occurred instead of the abnormal appreciation observed this summer,” said Manheim Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke. Two main factors that […]

5 Trends to Watch: 2019 Promises to be an Interesting Year

From the January issue: The pace of U.S. growth is expected to slow, according to most economists, who also think interest rates will rise. There is uncertainty about tariffs and, beyond the economic factors, the race between different lenders, dealers, and manufacturers to overhaul products and services is picking up. But perhaps the biggest challenge […]

Auto Finance Risk Summit to Examine Top Strategies for Risk Management

The auto finance market today has thrown a curveball at lenders with rising interest rates, slipping new-vehicle sales, uncertain regulations, and mounting dealership fraud. The 12th annual Auto Finance Risk Summit will delve into these issues and others of top concern for lenders. Auto Finance Risk Summit participants will gain insights on fraud risk, learn […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • January 16, 2019
  • Risk

Financing Implications Uncertain for Ford, Volkswagen Alliance

The Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. alliance will likely serve as an opportunity for the OEMs’ captives to collaborate on financing, though the timeline remains uncertain as the alliance is very new, analysts told Auto Finance News. An OEM, its captive, and its dealer partners operate in an enterprise fashion, Jeremy Acevedo, Edmund’s manager […]
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