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Mobility rideshare app expands Texas footprint

Hitch, an Austin, Texas-based mobility startup, has expanded its service to include a route from Austin to Dallas, the company announced. The peer-to-peer service, which connects riders with drivers that are traveling long distances between major cities, launched its inaugural Austin-to-Houston route earlier this year. The platform is structured as a homage to traditional hitchhiking. […]

Tricolor adds human touch to innovation

Tricolor Auto Acceptance adds a personal touch to its innovation initiatives when working on new products, President and Chief Operating Officer Don Goin told Auto Finance News. “When we’re working on new products, we use a customer-centric design thinking concept, which includes feedback from customers,” Goin said. Specifically, Tricolor employs a focus group approach when […]

Westlake zeroes in on under-used tech

With autonomous vehicles, machine learning, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk attempting to merge people’s brains with AI (yes, that is a real thing), some lenders are still struggling to get dealers on board with basic tech tools. For Westlake Financial Services’s Mark Vazquez, senior vice president of marketing, the most under-utilized tool in auto finance […]

Volkswagen Financial introduces electric vehicle comparison tool

Volkswagen Financial Services has launched a digital tool for drivers to assess whether electric vehicles meet their mobility needs.  The idea behind the tool, called EV-4-Me?, is to eliminate confusion around what type of driver is suitable for ultra-low emission vehicles. "Ultimately, facts and evidence should drive the right decisions, and where potential myths overcharging […]

Chinese Tariffs to Complicate Underwriting, Slow Innovation, Analyst Says

In addition to increasing vehicle prices, the 25% tariffs imposed on Chinese parts and goods by the Trump administration will complicate the underwriting process for lenders and slow down innovation in the auto industry, Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Cox Automotive, told Auto Finance News. “Americans aren’t suddenly making 10% or 25% more income,” Smoke […]

Auto Finance Accelerate 2019 Unveils Slate of Speakers From Chase Auto, Ally, Hyundai Capital

Auto Finance News is proud to welcome a slate of diverse speakers to this year’s spring event, Auto Finance Accelerate 2019, to be held May 13-16 at the Omni San Diego. The speaker faculty is quickly expanding with the addition of several top captives and banks. Chase Auto’s Chief Marketing Officer Melinda Welsh will kick off […]

Auto Finance Accelerate Early Bird Registration Ends This Week

Friday will be the last chance to take advantage of early bird registration prices for Auto Finance News’ week-long event, Auto Finance Accelerate. The series of three events will take place May 13-16 at the Omni San Diego. The success of the Auto Finance Risk Summit, now in its 12th year, and the 4th annual Auto Finance Innovation Summit made way […]
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