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First Quarter

Group 1's U.S. F&I Operations Delivers Record Q1 Performance

The dealer group's U.S. F&I operations increased its per-copy average by $26 to a record $1,564. Including operations in the United Kingdom and Brazil, the group's consolidated average increased 0.7% to $1,385.

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KBB: Low Fuel Prices Have Used-Vehicle Buyers Flocking to High-Performance Segments

Used-vehicle buyers are turning to sports cars in greater numbers thanks to low fuel prices, which are allowing them to forego fuel efficiency in favor of performance, KBB said this week.

Nothing to Fear

Delinquencies remained in check despite total outstanding auto loan balances rising to an all-time high, signaling a healthy automotive credit climate.

Subprime Loan Percentage Falls to Lowest Level in Three Years

In the first quarter of 2015, the percentage of automotive loans that fell within the subprime and deep subprime risk categories made up 19.7% of the market, the lowest share since 2012, according to Experian Automotive.

Group 1’s U.S. F&I Operations Achieves Record PVR Average

The international dealer group’s U.S. F&I operations grew its F&I per-copy average $80 from a year ago to a record $1,538. Training and execution were the drivers, officials said.

Sonic Delays Further Rollout of Hybrid Process

Sonic executives said that until the group perfects its vehicle-pricing tool, the One Sonic-One Experience initiative will not expand beyond the five stores currently employing the program's hybrid sales and F&I process.

Subprime Loan Percentage Falls to Lowest Level in Three Years

In the first quarter of 2015, the percentage of automotive loans that fell within the subprime and deep subprime risk categories made up 19.7% of the market — the lowest share since 2012, according to Experian Automotive.

Lithia’s Drop in New-Vehicle Gross Per Unit Offset by Q1 F&I Performance

Lithia’s F&I operations grew its per-copy average by $52. The performance helped offset a $90 drop in new-vehicle gross profit per unit.

AutoNation's PVR Average Surpasses $1,500

For the first time, the public dealer group’s F&I profit per deal average surpassed the $1,500 mark. Officials said the company will continue to emphasize F&I product sales as it preps for the launch of an AutoNation-branded maintenance contract later this year.

Asbury’s Q Auto Stores a Work in Progress

The tablet-driven, fixed-price F&I process at Asbury’s Q Auto stores didn’t perform as well as the traditional F&I process employed at the group's core stores, but officials said they are happy with the new format’s progress.