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Fitch Affirms Mercedes Benz Auto Receivables Trust Series 2013-1

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of its ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the outstanding notes of Mercedes Benz Auto Receivables Trust Series 2013-1 as follows:

--Class A-2 at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

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

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

KEY RATING DRIVERS

The rating is 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 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA, LLC 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 multiple levels for the transaction. Lower loss coverage could impact the 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 Mercedes-Benz Auto Receivables Trust 2013-1 can be found in 'Mercedes-Benz Auto Receivables Trust 2013-1 -- Appendix'. The 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 7, 2014);

--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (May 20, 2014);

--'Mercedes-Benz Auto Receivables Trust 2013-1 - Appendix' (July 22, 2013).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Rating Criteria for U.S. Auto Loan ABS

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=738718

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=748821

Mercedes-Benz Auto Receivables Trust 2013-1 -- Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=714296

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=837455

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