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Chinese Tariffs to Complicate Underwriting, Slow Innovation, Analyst Says

In addition to increasing vehicle prices, the 25% tariffs imposed on Chinese parts and goods by the Trump administration will complicate the underwriting process for lenders and slow down innovation in the auto industry, Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Cox Automotive, told Auto Finance News. “Americans aren’t suddenly making 10% or 25% more income,” Smoke […]

GM Financial Strengthens Ties With Blockchain Startup, First Products Revealed

GM Financial has expanded its partnership with Spring Labs through a $23 million Series A funding round, the startup announced on Wednesday. The round was led by GreatPoint Ventures “with significant participation from existing investors,” including General Motors Ventures, August Capital and RRE Ventures, among others, according to a press release. Through the GM Ventures […]

CU Direct’s Innovation Lab Spurs Digital, Automated Initiatives

CU Direct’s Innovation Lab is plugging away on two projects – a consumer portal and an automated loan package verification solution – slated to launch by yearend, Brian Hamilton, vice president of innovation, told Auto Finance News. The loan package verifier, which is powered by machine learning, will speed funding time between credit unions and […]

Mercedes-Benz Subscription Program Triggers Finance Opportunities

An expansion of Mercedes-Benz’s subscription service is likely to spur new financing opportunities for the captive, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA, Vice President Geoff Robinson told Auto Finance News. “We are seeing subscribers use the program as a stepping stone to financing and leasing,” he said. “There certainly have been more doors opened for us because […]

Safco Integrates Chat, Omnichannel Payment Features

Southern Auto Finance Co. is leveraging new communication strategies to bolster customer support, Chief Executive George Fussell told Auto Finance News.   The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based lender launched chat capabilities on its website last month to direct and address customer inquiries. Currently, customer service representatives manage the chat feature, but Fussell noted that machine learning […]

Changes in Transportation Models a Greater Threat Than Economic Downturn, CPS CFO Says

While a looming economic downturn has prompted auto financiers to find strategies to protect profit margins, Consumer Portfolio Services Chief Financial Officer Jeff Fritz said lenders should be thinking about how the personal transportation model is transforming. “Don’t be so occupied stamping out the ants that you miss the elephants coming over the wall,” Fritz warned […]

FCA Proposed Merger With Renault Could Lead to Captive Discussions

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ merger proposal to Groupe Renault is likely to lead to discussions of creating a captive finance arm to “support the level of volume the new organization could attain,” Zohaib Rahim, manager of economics and industry insights at Cox Automotive, told Auto Finance News. “Last year, [former FCA Chief Executive] Sergio Marchionne mentioned […]
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