The U.S. captive finance arms of Nissan North America and Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz) have joined CarMax in sponsoring prime-loan asset-backed portfolios adding to a deal spree totaling $61.3 billion so far in 2018.
As more new-vehicle buyers flock to General Motors' high-ticket trucks and SUVs, GM Financial has to supply riskier 60-plus month loans to finance them. That's prompting higher net ABS loss projections from Fitch.
With sales recovering from the the fading diesel-engine emissions scandal from 2015, Volkswagen's U.S. captive finance arm is inviting prime auto-loan investors out for a drive for the first time since 2014.
Five classes of notes will be issued in the transaction, BBVA Consumer Auto 2018-1, which is backed by a pool of well-seasoned loans on new and used cars that will revolve for an initial period of 1.5 years.
The average FICO for the pool of lease obligors is at a peak level for GM Financial's shelf, but Fitch expects higher losses on resale values on a pool more heavily dependent on longer-term leases and luxury models.
For the first time, the collateral includes lease contracts from its standalone Genesis luxury sedan line; two models, the G80 (base price $41,000) and G90 (base price $68,000) account for 4% of the total pool balance.
Industrywide, car sales were down last year, but there were record purchases of Civics and brisk second-half sales of the redesigned Accord; this is reflected in the model concentrations of HAROT 2018-2.