Fitch Affirms 5 Classes of Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trusts

NEW YORK--()--As part of its ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms five classes of the Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trusts as detailed below:

Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trust 2011-1:

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

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

Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trust 2013-1:

--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 ratings are based on available credit enhancement and loss performance. Each 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, both transactions have exhibited strong performance with losses well within Fitch's initial expectations with rising loss coverage and multiple levels. This increased loss coverage has further reduced the sensitivity of assigned ratings to increased loss levels.

Fitch's analysis of the Representation and Warranties (R&W) of this transaction can be found in 'Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trust 2013-1 - 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 2013-1 - Appendix', (Feb. 19, 2013).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Volkswagen Auto Loan Enhanced Trust 2013-1 -- Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=701838

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

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

Rating Criteria for U.S. Auto Loan ABS

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

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=815466

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst:
John Alberici, +1-212-908-0370
Analyst
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
One State Street Plaza
New York NY 10004
or
Secondary Analyst:
Bradley Sohl, +1-212-908-0792
Senior Director
or
Committee Chairperson:
Du Trieu, +1-312-368-2097
Senior Director
or
Media Relations, New York
Sandro Scenga, +1 212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com

Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst:
John Alberici, +1-212-908-0370
Analyst
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
One State Street Plaza
New York NY 10004
or
Secondary Analyst:
Bradley Sohl, +1-212-908-0792
Senior Director
or
Committee Chairperson:
Du Trieu, +1-312-368-2097
Senior Director
or
Media Relations, New York
Sandro Scenga, +1 212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com