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Santander Originations Climb 10% Amid Discussions With FCA

Santander Consumer USA originations climbed 10% year over year amid "constructive and positive" discussions with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group "focused on optimizing the existing contract that we have in place," SCUSA Chief Executive Scott Powell said during the company's first-quarter earnings call this week. Powell noted that the discussions have “moved away from the sale of […]

Santander Originations Climb 59% Amid Discussions With FCA

Santander Consumer USA drove up auto originations 59% year over year amid discussions around "optimizing" its current contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group, SCUSA Chief Executive Scott Powell said during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call this week. “We continue to operate under [the] existing contract,” Powell said during the call. “Our discussions with Chrysler are […]

Losses on Track to Improve in Santander’s Latest Securitization

Santander Consumer USA‘s first asset-backed securitization of the year is on track for lower losses relative to prior pools, despite higher loan-to-value ratios and a smaller percentage of new vehicles in the pool, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s assigned a 24% cumulative net loss expectation to the $1.2 billion transaction, which is slated to […]

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
  • Strategy

Auto Finance News’ Top 5 Stories of 2018

It was an interesting year. Early in 2018, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it would form a captive unit. The end of the year saw the arrest of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance head Carlos Ghosn. And there was plenty of news in between. What follows are AFN editors’ picks for top five stories of 2018: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles […]

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

At the Big 4, Incentive Spending Drops, Even as Sales Dip

Old truisms apparently do not apply to auto finance. At least for now. When car sales fall, generally captives counter with greater subvention. But after years of incentives marching higher, incentives are dipping. At the Big Four — Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Toyota — the aggregate incentive per unit fell 1.9% to $4,150, […]
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