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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 […]

5 of the More Interesting Corporate Moves of 2018

2018 will be remembered as a profitable year for the auto industry. Healthy December sales, as forecast by Cox Automotive, will drive U.S. auto sales above 17 million for the year. But car companies weren’t resting on their laurels. Many players in the auto space were positioning themselves for the future. What follows are five […]

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 […]

General Motors to Shut Down Cadillac Subscription Service by Yearend

General Motors Co. is reportedly hitting the pause button on its vehicle-subscription service, Book by Cadillac after launching nearly two years ago in Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York. A GM spokesman confirmed the OEM plans to shut down the service by yearend, the Wall Street Journal reported. However, there is still a chance that […]

Costco Auto to Expand Members-Only Incentive Program Next Year

Costco will be expanding Member-Only Incentives, unlike the Holiday Sales Event, Member-Only Incentives are 60 days in length and can be targeted by model and/or region. They can also occur more frequently throughout the year. “We hope to expand sales programs, having multiple OEMs to pinpoint added incentives just for Costco members,” Rick Borg, executive vice president […]

Earnings Roundup: Ford, GM, CapOne Achieve Growth in 1Q

Ford Motor Credit Co., GM Financial, and Capital One Auto Finance all grew their portfolios in the first quarter despite a mixed environment for originations, delinquencies, and charge-offs. Ford Motor Credit Ford Motor Credit originated 93,000 loans in the first quarter down from 98,000 the same period the year prior. Despite that, the company grew […]

Disruptive Economy Offers ‘Big Role’ for Auto Lenders, GM Financial CEO Says [VIDEO]

Mobility and disruptive technology continue to develop in the automotive industry, and there’s a “big role” for auto finance companies in a disruptive economy, according to Dan Berce, president and chief executive of General Motors Financial Co. As General Motors Co. — GM Financial’s parent — takes more strides into emerging mobility and autonomous technologies, […]

Vehicle Sales Fall for First Time in 7 Years

The sales downturn that lenders have been anticipating for some time has arrived. Manufacturers on Wednesday reported a decline of about 1.8 percent in 2017 new vehicle sales, to 17.2 million cars and light trucks, following a seven-year streak of growth. U.S. auto sales for 2018 are further forecasted to drop to 16.5 million units, according […]
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