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Leasing’s New Look: Financiers Give Lease Options a Makeover

From the February issue: With new-car purchases lagging and used-values increasing, captives and OEMs are reimagining lease products to keep their customer bases growing. Roughly a decade ago, 1.4 million new vehicles were leased — a 16% penetration rate. Fast forward to 2019, and lease volume is expected to reach 4.1 million, with penetration as […]

BB&T-SunTrust Merger to Establish $23B Auto Finance Operation

BB&T Bank’s acquisition of SunTrust Banks is likely to combine auto lending operations in a move that will improve efficiency but take time to configure, analysts told Auto Finance News. A SunTrust-BB&T merger would create a $22.8 billion auto finance operation, propelling the business into the top 20 among auto financiers, according to Big Wheels […]

AutoFi Leans on Ford Credit Partnership for Market Expansion

  AutoFi is expanding its dealer base this year with the help of Ford Motor Credit, entering the Michigan market and expanding its footholds in California and Texas, Head of Lender Success Ben Atkinson told AFN. AutoFi is a company that connects dealerships with lenders and buyers online for vehicle purchasing. This year, AutoFi will […]

Ford Credit Earnings Fall Despite Higher Lease Penetration, Stronger Auction Values

Despite favorable lease residual performance driven by higher auction values, Ford Motor Credit Co. posted lower earnings last year, according to results released yesterday. The captive’s full-year 2018 net income dropped 26% to $2.2 billion. Lease penetration in the fourth quarter climbed 4 percentage points year over year, to 21%. The continued rise in leasing […]

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 […]

Sedan Sales Marketshare Falls to Record Low in November

Sedan popularity has dropped to an all-time low, as evidenced by November’s new-vehicle sales figures. As a percentage of new-vehicle sales, sedan — or “car” — segment marketshare dropped to 28.8%, the lowest monthly share on record, according to Cox Automotive unit Manheim. By comparison, the segment that comprises light-duty pickups, vans, SUVs, and crossovers […]

Slowing OEM Production to Fuel Affordability Challenge, Analyst Says

Recent OEM exits of lower-priced vehicle segments will limit availability and squeeze auto affordability in 2019, said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Cox Automotive Inc. “We’re starting to see announcements from major manufacturers about ceasing production of mostly more affordable cars, and so that reduces the number of units available for sale,” Smoke said. In […]
  • Bianca Chan
  • December 6, 2018
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