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Sparking Connections: How Tech Alliances Are Firing Up Lenders

Slowing vehicle sales and the potential for a market downturn have lit a spark among lenders, technology companies, and OEMs, igniting partnerships aimed at gaining marketshare and creating solutions attainable only by way of collaboration. In January, Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG established an alliance that will likely spur the OEMs’ captives to collaborate […]

General Motors Scales Back Car-Sharing Service Maven

General Motors Co. reportedly is scaling back its car-sharing service, Maven, by stopping the service in eight markets after launching more than three years ago. A GM spokeswoman confirmed the OEM plans to shut down the service in major markets like Chicago and Boston "within the next few months," the Wall Street Journal reported. However, Maven will […]

Ford Motor Credit Posts Highest Earnings Since 2010

Ford Motor Credit earned $801 million before taxes in the first quarter, notching a 25% year-over-year increase and the captive’s best results in nine years. “Ford Credit benefited from lower depreciation on vehicles in our leased portfolio and improvement in credit loss reserves, reflecting continued strength in consumer credit metrics,” said Bob Shanks, chief financial […]

Ford’s $500M Backing of Electric OEM Opens Door for Captive Financing

Ford Motor Co.'s plan to invest $500 million in electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian could create an opportunity for Ford Motor Credit, said Cox Automotive Senior Economist Charlie Chesbrough. “It seems possible that Ford Motor Credit could provide financing for either Rivian fleet or Ford fleet services, Chesbrough said. "Given the ever-changing mobility world, there are […]

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 […]
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