Fitch Affirms Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trust 2012-1

NEW YORK--()--As part of its ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms two classes of the Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trust 2012-1 transaction as follows:

--Class A-3 at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--Class A-4 at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS:

The ratings are based on available credit enhancement and loss performance. The collateral pool continues to perform within Fitch's expectations. Under the credit enhancement structure, the securities are able to withstand stress scenarios consistent with the current ratings and make full payments to investors in accordance with the terms of the documents.

The ratings reflect the quality of Volkswagen Credit Inc. retail auto loan originations, the strength of its servicing capabilities, and the sound financial and legal structure of the transaction.

RATING SENSITIVITY:

Unanticipated increases in the frequency of defaults and loss severity could produce loss levels higher than the current projected base case loss proxy and impact available loss coverage and multiples levels for the transaction. Lower loss coverage could impact ratings and Rating Outlooks, depending on the extent of the decline in coverage.

In Fitch's initial review of the transaction, the notes were found to have limited sensitivity to a 1.5x and 2.5x increase of Fitch's base case loss expectation. To date, the transaction has exhibited strong performance with losses well within Fitch's initial expectations with rising loss coverage and multiple levels. As such, a material deterioration in performance would have to occur within the asset pool to have potential negative impact on the outstanding ratings.

Fitch's analysis of the Representation and Warranties (R&W) of this transaction can be found in 'Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trust 2012-1 - Appendix'. These R&W are compared to those of typical R&W for the asset class as detailed in the special report 'Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in the Global Structured Finance Transactions' dated April 17, 2012.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Applicable Criteria and related research:

--'Rating Criteria for U.S. Auto Loan ABS' (April 10, 2013);

--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (May 24, 2013);

--'Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trust 2012-1 - Appendix', dated Jan. 17, 2012.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Rating Criteria for U.S. Auto Loan ABS

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=704137

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=708661

Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trust 2012-1 -- Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=666811

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=811617

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Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
John Alberici
Analyst
+1-212-908-0370
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
One State Street Plaza
New York NY 10004
or
Committee Chairperson:
Du Trieu
Senior Director
+1-312-368-2097
or
Media Relations:
Sandro Scenga, +1-212-908-0278 (New York)
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com