California, Michigan Auto Sales to Decline as Debt-Strapped Customers Curb Purchases, Economist Says

LAS VEGAS —  Economic weaknesses in Michigan and California may dampen auto sales and financing volume, said Robert Dye, senior vice president, and chief economist at Comerica Bank. “On a regional basis, we’re seeing weakness in the Midwest, and we’re also seeing weakness in the West, so there’s an affordability issue,” Dye said in a […]

For Toyota Pilot Programs, Focus Moves to Utilization From Ownership [VIDEO]

Toyota Finance Services has deployed several pilots in ridesharing and car rental services. The company gave specific insight into the findings from two of these pilots at this year’s Auto Finance Summit. “A variety of scenarios are going to coexist in the future, it’s between personally owned and shared, and autonomous vehicles and driver-driven,” Sabreen […]

Why Penetration Rates Are Dropping at Hyundai Capital, NMAC

LAS VEGAS — Hyundai Capital America expects rising interest rates to squeeze penetration ratios to 40% or 50% by yearend across all its franchise brands, Chief Executive Ross Williams said during a fireside chat at the Auto Finance Summit. Historically, the captive’s penetration rate has hovered around 70%, Williams said. However, the rising interest rate […]

How USAA Is Improving Experiences for Members [VIDEO]

USAA has specific objectives around customer service and simplifying the consumer-facing loan application process. The bank’s priorities heading into 2019 are to continue to provide an end-to-end digital experience for members to find and finance cars. “As a direct lender, we facilitate the process from research to enabling that member to apply online, decisioning that […]

Toyota Seeks Personalization, Transparency With New Lexus Bundled Lease

LAS VEGAS — Personalization and transparency are top priorities in Toyota Finance Services‘ Lexus Complete Lease program, slated to launch in the first quarter of 2019. The program is one of nearly half a dozen pilot programs the OEM has launched, including Flexible Lease through Uber, Car Sharing pilot in partnership with Get Around, and short-term lease pilot […]

How Dealerships Can Increase Revenue With Mobility as a Service Model

LAS VEGAS — Dealerships can increase customer loyalty and profitability by tapping into the mobility-as-a-service model, according to Mike Furnari, chief business development officer at HyreCar, which provides a platform that matches ridesharing-service drivers with car owners who want to rent out their vehicles. MaaS is the integration of various forms of transportation into an […]

Sagent Lending Technology Targets Subscription Space

Sagent Lending Technology is expecting to take the lead in the subscription space tapping into a similar strategy that the company uses to help captives and lenders manage loan and lease originations, Charles Sutherland, chief product officer, told Auto Finance News. “Historically we have strength in helping [auto finance] companies manage the strength of their portfolios,” […]
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