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Ally’s 2015 Originations Surpass Target Despite Loss of GM

NEW YORK — Ally Financial’s 2015 originations total remained flat from a year ago, with the former captive originating $41 billion in auto loan in 2015, the firm announced this week. But that’s losing General Motors’ subvented lease business last year. Ally had originally projected originations in the high $30 billion range for the year, ... Read More »

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SmartAuction Hits Five Million Sales Milestone

DETROIT — Ally Financial has announced that five million vehicles have been sold on SmartAuction, its online auction platform. To celebrate the milestone, Ally held a special auction for the five-millionth vehicle, with proceeds promised to the auction winner’s selected charities. Classic Chevrolet of Grapevine, Texas, won the vehicle with a bid of approximately $180,000, ... Read More »

Ally Financial Named Mitsubishi’s Preferred U.S. Auto Lender

Ally Financial Inc., the former lending arm of General Motors, will become the preferred financing source for Mitsubishi Motors Corp. in the U.S, reported Bloomberg. Ally will replace Mitsubishi’s captive finance company and provide lease and retail financing and insurance offerings at about 380 Mitsubishi dealerships, the Detroit-based bank said Monday in a statement. Terms ... Read More »

GM Financial Triples Share of GM Leases

SAN FRANCISCO AND FORTWORTH, Texas — Ally’s reaction to General Motors internalizing its leasing program came up at the end of GM Financial’s fourth quarter 2014 earnings call. Daniel Berce, the captive’s president and CEO, said the decision shouldn’t have surprised executives with GM’s former captive finance arm. “That’s about increasing customer loyalty,” Berce said ... Read More »

Ally Financial Names New CEO

NEW YORK — Ally Financial Inc. announced today that Jeffrey Brown was named CEO. The former president and CEO of Ally’s dealer-financial services business succeeds Michael A. Carpenter, who is retiring from his post and from the company’s board after five years. Brown also joins the finance source’s board of directors. He will work closely ... Read More »

Ally ‘Highly Confident’ About Overcoming Boot From GM Leasing Program

DETROIT — Just days before it named Jeffrey Brown as its new CEO, Ally Financial’s then-CEO Michael Carpenter expressed surprise at a move by General Motors to put 100% of its U.S. Buick, Cadillac and GMC lease incentives in the hands of its captive, GM Financial. “While we were not surprised by the idea of ... Read More »

Ally Expands Dealer Training Offerings

DETROIT — Ally Financial has added new training courses to its Performance Development Center, further expanding the scope of its educational offerings for dealers. The new courses address important topics like selling skills, customer loyalty and retention, social media marketing, F&I management and compliance education. Course content leverages nearly 100 years of Ally’s auto industry ... Read More »

GM Financial Completes Acquisition of Ally’s International Operations

FORT WORTH, Texas — General Motors Financial Company, Inc., has announced that on Jan. 2, GM Financial, GMAC UK plc — an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of GM Financial — and Ally Financial Inc., completed a transaction under which GM Financial and GMAC UK acquired Ally’s 40% equity interest in SAIC-GMAC Automotive Finance Company Limited, a ... Read More »

Government Loses $9.26 Billion on Auto Bailout

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a report from the U.S. Treasury Department released Monday, the government lost a total of $9.26 billion on its bailout of the auto industry during the Great Recession. The program closed after the Treasury sold its final shares of Ally Financial on Dec. 19, The Detroit News reports. The Treasury ... Read More »

Government Selling Last Stake in Ally Financial

The government is selling the last of its shares in Ally Financial Inc., the former financing arm of General Motors that was bailed out during the financial crisis, reported MLive. Detroit-based Ally said Thursday that the Treasury Department is selling its remaining 54.9 million shares. That amounts to about an 11 percent stake in the ... Read More »