Why Penetration Rates Are Dropping at Hyundai Capital, NMAC

LAS VEGAS — Hyundai Capital America expects rising interest rates to squeeze penetration ratios to 40% or 50% by yearend across all its franchise brands, Chief Executive Ross Williams said during a fireside chat at the Auto Finance Summit. Historically, the captive’s penetration rate has hovered around 70%, Williams said. However, the rising interest rate […]

Auto Finance Feels the Pressure of Fed’s Rate Hikes

Major automakers are reporting declines for U.S. sales as signs of tightening credit conditions are adding pressure to financing options for consumers.  Ford, Toyota, Nissan, and Honda all reported sales declines in September of 11.2%, 10.4%, 12.2%, and 7%, respectively. Though Hyundai sales rose 0.6%, sibling brand Kia was down 1.8%, according to sales reports. […]

Renault Alliance Launches $1B Investment Fund For Mobility Tech

The automotive alliance of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has announced the launch of Alliance Ventures, a new corporate venture capital fund that plans to invest up to $1 billion over the next five years, according to a press release. Alliance Ventures is a corporate effort to support open innovation in automotive technology, with a focus on new mobility […]

Nissan Introduces Brain-to-Vehicle Technology [Video]

With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) approaching, automakers are showing off their latest technological advancements in autonomous vehicle research, including Nissan’s new brain-to-vehicle technology. Brain-to-vehicle, or B2V, is the concept of a car anticipating your driving reactions even before you have the chance to start turning the wheel or applying the brake. This neural interface, […]

Average Fico Drops in Nissan’s Latest ABS Issuance

The weighted average Fico score in Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.’s latest securitization dropped 3 points to 772 — as compared to the captive’s previous transaction — yet still ranks among the highest credit quality of issuances that Moody’s Investors Service has rated, according to the presale report released last week. “Nissan’s Fico score is currently […]

NMAC Makes Several Management Changes

  Shortly after installing a new president of Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation (NMAC), the captive announcing a couple other executive changes, according to a press release today. After almost 32 years working with Nissan, Mike McConnell, vice president of operations for NMAC, will retire on Aug. 31. He will be replaced by Andres de la Parra, the current […]
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