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Nissan seeks sale of trading unit in $1b deal

Nissan Motor Co. is seeking to sell a wholly owned subsidiary that distributes vehicle parts and materials in a deal that may be valued at about $1 billion, as the struggling Japanese automaker seeks to slim down, people familiar with the matter said. The company has invited private equity and trading firms to bid for […]

Nissan dealership fined $2.8M for loan defaults

A federal judge has allowed Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. to repossess 90 vehicles valued at $2.8 million from a dealership the captive sued for defaulting on loans and selling vehicles out of trust.  Helena, Mont.-based Robert Allen Nissan received loans from NMAC to purchase new and used vehicles for its inventory. Under the terms of […]

Auto issuance drives ABS growth

The auto finance sector is propping up the securitization market, with year-over-year growth climbing 18% through June, according to Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s Midyear 2019 ABS Outlook published last week. Auto securitization volume hit $68.5 billion through June, according to KBRA. “Despite plateauing new-vehicle sales, there has been tremendous year over year growth in auto-related […]

FCA Proposed Merger With Renault Could Lead to Captive Discussions

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ merger proposal to Groupe Renault is likely to lead to discussions of creating a captive finance arm to “support the level of volume the new organization could attain,” Zohaib Rahim, manager of economics and industry insights at Cox Automotive, told Auto Finance News. “Last year, [former FCA Chief Executive] Sergio Marchionne mentioned […]

Fleet, SUV Sales Buoy November SAAR

November’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of light vehicle sales climbed 1.2% year-over-year, to 17.5 million units, and that benefitted car manufacturers heavy with sport-utility vehicles in their product lineup. “The car-to-SUV ratio, on the monthly sales, were about 70% light trucks, SUVs, van, and pickups, and only 30% cars,” Edmunds Data Strategy Manager Jeremy Acevedo told […]

Future of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Uncertain Amid CEO Arrest

Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance is likely to undergo reconfiguration regarding which brand holds the power, following the arrest of Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn on Monday. However, the impact on the financing side should be minimal, analysts told Auto Finance News. “Most consumers pay little attention to these palace-intrigue stories,” Michelle Krebs, an executive analyst at Autotrader, […]

BBVA, NMAC, TD Bank, Wells Fargo See Tech as Top Priority for 2019

LAS VEGAS — Digital transformation and changing consumer communication trends will be top priorities for four of the nation’s largest lenders in 2019, according to an exclusive Auto Finance News survey of the resource-allocation plans among the companies’ senior executives. Results from the survey of BBVA Compass, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., TD Bank, and Wells […]
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