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Santander drives up Chrysler Capital penetration rate, shuffles leadership

Santander Consumer USA increased its Chrysler Capital quarterly penetration rate as a leadership change will have Shawn Allgood head Chrysler Capital and auto relationships, the company announced in its second-quarter earnings.  Chrysler Capital’s quarterly penetration rate grew to 36%, compared with 32% during the prior-year period. Loans originated by subsidiary Chrysler Capital increased 25% year […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • July 24, 2019
  • Earnings

New-car prices inch up, EV prices tumble in June

New-vehicle prices climbed 3% year over year, averaging $37,285 in June, according to Kelley Blue Book. KBB analysts attributed the transaction price growth to the persistent demand for trucks and SUVs, pushing both sales and prices in those segments. In fact, light trucks and SUVs are estimated to account for more than 70% of June […]

Auto Finance News’ 4 People to Watch in 2019

A number of auto manufacturers, finance operations, and government bodies have new people at the helm, ready to leave their marks. The following are AFN editors’ picks for 4 people to watch in 2019: Kathy Kraninger Kathy Kraninger succeeded Mick Mulvaney as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in December 2018. Kraninger’s first official move […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • January 4, 2019

USAA Bank Tees Up Subscription Services at Auto Experience Lab

USAA Bank’s Auto Experience Lab is working to enter the subscription service market, but even after seven years of development, rollout for that service is still “under the queue of projects to complete,” James Spears, assistant vice president at USAA Auto Experience, told Auto Finance News. Much of the work in the lab is dedicated […]

Santander Originations Soar 52% Despite FCA Uncertainty

Santander Consumer USA drove origination growth 52% year over year, the company reported in its third-quarter earnings released today. However, executives on the company’s earnings call failed to address Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group’s plans to form its own captive. “We do not have further updates on those discussions,” Chief Financial Officer Juan Carlos said during the […]
  • Nicole Casperson
  • October 31, 2018
  • Earnings