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Auto Finance Data Reveals Affordability Concerns

Fourth-quarter loan balances reached an all-time high for the third year in a row, but records broken for amounts financed and monthly payments raise affordability concerns.

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TrueCar's Perry Lays Out Plans to Win Back Dealers, OEMs

TrueCar's new CEO used the firm's recent quarterly investor call to lay out his plans to win back dealers and OEMs. The executive also discussed how the firm plans to better monetize car shoppers using its site.

Asbury: ‘Favorable Lending Environment” Spurs 9% Gain in Q4 F&I Revenue

Asbury Automotive Group reported this week that it’s F&I operations realized a $55 per-copy increase in the fourth quarter, with the group averaging $1,426 in gross profit per vehicle retailed during the end-of-year quarter.

Ally's 2015 Originations Surpass Target Despite Loss of GM

The former captive originated $41 billion in auto loans in 2015, surpassing the high $30 billion range it projected at the beginning of the year. Much of that was due to the 53% increase in non-GM/Chrysler originations.

Ready Steady

Auto finance volumes were up in every risk tier in the fourth quarter 2014, suggesting that concerns over the uptick in subprime loans are exaggerated.

Penske Posts Most Profitable Year Behind Strong Q4 Performance

Penske Automotive Group realized a 16% increase in revenue and a 14% bump in adjusted income from continuing operations in 2014’s fourth quarter. The dealer group’s CEO also discussed its plan to pilot the NADA’s fair credit compliance program at four stores.

People and Process Drive Group 1’s U.S. Per-Copy Average to $1,521

Consolidating its lender base and improved availability of consumer financing were other reasons cited for the fourth-quarter performance of the group’s U.S.-based F&I operations.

AutoNation Posts Record Fourth Quarter

The dealer group realized its 17th consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year growth in earnings per share, with net income from continuing operations reaching a record $117 million in the end-of-year quarter.

GM Financial Triples Share of GM Leases

GM Financial officials said Ally shouldn’t be surprised by GM’s decision to internalize its lease program. The company ended the year with a 50% share of GM’s lease business.

Manheim: Year-End Used-Car Values Stay Strong

Used-vehicle values rose nearly 2% in the fourth quarter of 2014, thanks to a stronger job market and more attractive financing.