Barclays Capital last week introduced the inaugural quarterly research piece titled The Smart Guide, focusing on characteristics of the 15 leading prime retail auto loan ABS issuers, which is expected to expand into the subprime arena issuers throughout the year. The 82-page tome offers investors four-page snapshots of the Big Three plus five foreign captives, three independent finance companies and three bank-affiliated auto lenders that are programmatic issuers in the term markets.

The Smart Guide released last week highlights the issuance vehicles of BMW Motor Co., Capital One Financial (prime only), CARMAX Inc., Chase Manhattan Bank, DaimlerChrysler N.A., Ford Motor Credit, American Honda Finance, Hyundai Motor Credit, Mitsubishi Motor Credit, National City Bank, Nissan Motor Credit, Toyota Motor Credit, USAA and World Omni Financial.

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