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Tesla Plans to Use Model 3 Lease Program to Stock Ride-Hailing Fleet

Tesla has launched a leasing offer for its $35,000 Model 3 electric sedan — without the standard option that allows consumers to purchase their vehicles at the end of the term. “With full autonomy coming in the future via an over-the-air software update, we plan to use those vehicles in the Tesla ride-hailing network," the […]

Tesla Pivots to Online-Only Sales Model

Tesla will be shifting its worldwide sales model to an online-only platform, starting with North America, the company said in a statement last week. The electric OEM will also be closing many of its brick-and-mortar dealerships, leaving “a small number of stores in high-traffic locations remaining as galleries, showcases, and Tesla information centers,” the company […]

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 […]

General Motors Seen Tightening Integration With Captive Amid Leadership Changes

General Motors‘ latest executive management change appears to be part of a push for integration between the OEM and captive finance arm GM Financial, Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds‘ manager of industry analysis, told Auto Finance News. Chief Executive Mary Barra is taking charge of GM Financial, according to several reports. GM’s President Dan Ammann, who had been overseeing […]

Canadian OEM Electra Meccanica Seeks Financing Partner Amid Launch of First Model

Electra Meccanica is seeking lending partners for its new model slated to debut in January 2019, CEO Jerry Kroll told Auto Finance News.  “We control financing ourselves and have it in-house, but if we can get some of the big banks and financial institutions supporting this [car], that’s what we’re all about,” Kroll said. Kroll is confident […]