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AutoNation Leads $146M Funding Round In Vroom

New- and used-car dealership chain AutoNation is the lead investor in Vroom’s $146 million series G funding, announced today. Other investors were T. Rowe Price, L Catterton, General Catalyst, and Fraser McCombs Capital. In October, AutoNation had pumped $50 million into Vroom in exchange for a 7% stake. Vroom CEO Paul Hennessy told Auto Finance […]

SunTrust to Add Functionality to Consumer ‘Smart-Portal’ Tool

SunTrust Bank plans to increase functionality and services offered through its consumer-facing “Smart Portal” web tool in the coming three to six months, said Chuck Jones, the bank’s head of national indirect lending. The online service, which took about six months to build, went live in the second quarter. “The portal is an introductory site showing […]

CPS Revamps Dealer Portal for Release in Early 2019

Subprime lender Consumer Portfolio Services is boosting dealer self-service options, with a revamped portal slated to debut early next year. “We’re rebuilding the dealer portal, so the dealer can go in and play around with the [loan] structure until he gets one that he likes, and we accept, without having to call a buyer and […]

Mountain America CU Eyes Fintech Partners in 2019

Mountain America Credit Union is scouting fintech partners to provide self-service options, plus mobile and online capabilities to its auto finance customers. “We’re looking at partnership models with fintechs, that’s our biggest focus over the next six to 18 months,” said Jade Beckman, vice president of consumer lending at the West Jordan, Utah-based credit union, […]

Daimler Mobility Platforms Reach 26 Million Users, Amid Global Expansion

Daimler AG’s mobile platforms have notched 64% growth in users this year. Through September, more than 26 million customers have used Daimler mobile ride-hailing and car rental services like car2go, mytaxi, and moovel, the OEM announced today. Newly released usage numbers coincide with the announcement that the German company will change its name to Daimler […]
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