Update | Auto Finance News - Part 7

AI-Supplemented Underwriting Likely to Bump Up Tricolor Originations

Tricolor Auto Acceptance has seen a lift in origination capabilities since integrating an artificial intelligence algorithm into its underwriting model last month. Chief Executive Daniel Chu expects the algorithm, which hones the company’s customer segmentation abilities, will contribute about 3% of the anticipated 25% origination volume increase expected for 2019. That 3% growth translates to […]

Tricolor Targets New Customers Based on Google Search Patterns

Tricolor Auto Acceptance has implemented Google’s AdWord advertising platform to attract its “very specific consumer” online, Chief Executive Daniel Chu told Auto Finance News. “We have the ability to align marketing and risk,” he said of the new digital strategy that analyzes specific terms searched on Google to reach the no-file and thin-file Hispanic consumers […]

Amazon Investment in Electric OEM Paves Way for ‘Limitless’ Mobility Potential, Analyst Says

Amazon’s $700 million investment in electric OEM Rivian is a potential step by the retail giant to launch a mobility service that would supplement its delivery platform, said Grayson Brulte, a consultant with Brulte & Co. “I think it’s limitless where Amazon takes it,” Brulte told Auto Finance News. “There’s a lot of money to be made in niches. Do they […]

How Daimler-BMW’s $1.1B Mobility Venture May Affect Finance Operations

Despite Daimler AG and BMW Group’s $1.1 billion investment in a mobility and ride-hailing joint venture, the companies’ captives will continue to operate as competitors. “The core business with vehicles will remain unaffected, and the competition in the premium market will be maintained,” Daimler Financial Services spokesman James Ryan told Auto Finance News. “This also […]

Volvo Financial Services Tees Up AI, Blockchain at Innovation Lab

Volvo Financial Services is leveraging the start of its iLabX accelerator program to determine “technology disruptors” ripe for investment, Vice President of Global Strategy and Head of Innovation Allen Atchley told Auto Finance News. To start, investments in artificial intelligence and blockchain “are the most interesting to us, especially in the lab context,” he said. […]

California Growth Spurs Further Expansion for Digital Marketplace CarZing

CarZing is looking to increase southern California loan volume in the next three to four months before expanding its presence outside the state, President Jay Kamdar told Auto Finance News. CarZing, an online marketplace that connects dealers with consumers and lenders, is owned by Hankey Group, which also owns Westlake Financial Services. “Westlake and CarZing have a joint venture where the […]

Wells Fargo Turns to Machine Learning for Collection Insights

Wells Fargo Auto is looking beyond credit decisioning models for machine learning applications. Specifically, the company employed “sentiment analysis” — an automated process of understanding opinions from written or spoken language — for collections. “One thing I was surprised to see is that through natural language recognition and sentiment analysis, it was very easy to […]
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