The consumer ABS market got off to a strong start in January, with the auto sector once again leading the way. Benchmark issuers Ford Motor Credit and Santander Consumer USA kicked things off, but by the end of the month, nearly all of the auto industry’s sub-sectors, from retail auto loans and leases to rental cars, had been represented.

Nine publicly offered deals totaling $11.3 billion had priced as of Jan. 30, compared with five deals totaling $6.5 billion in for all of January 2012, according to ASR Scorecards.

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