U.S. auto-lease ABS issuance was $8.6 billion through early September, according to a short note Standard & Poor's released this morning. 

This year-to-date figure is compared to $9.7 billion for all of 2011. S&P analysts expect the sector's volume will most likely meet their $10 billion full-year forecast.

Auto-leasing comprised 24% of all new-vehicle financing in 2Q12, which is similar to a year ago.

American Honda Finance Corp. had an 18% market share in 2Q12, followed by Toyota Motor Corp. with 13%, Ford Motor Credit Co. 11% and Ally Financial 10%.

In deal news, Ally this week priced an ABS transaction backed by auto leases that was upsized to $1.26 billion to $759 billion.

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