In the “bubble years,” prior to the economic meltdown, leasing had become the option of choice for millions of American motorists, accounting for a majority of the business for some luxury brands. After all but vanishing during the downturn, leasing is now poised to make a major comeback, suggests the Automotive Leasing Guide.
Also known as ALG, and a principle benchmark for residual values and depreciation data, the publication predicts a significant resurgence in the automobile leasing market that will continue right on through 2015.
The luxury segment will lead the way with lease penetration rates rising to nearly 43% by 2012, while lease penetration in the mainstream market will increase to 17.5% over the next two years, according to the new estimates prepared by ALG.
Numerous brands are expected to capitalize on this leasing resurgence, based on the ALG 2011 March/April edition and current high residual values forecasts, which allows them to offer highly competitive monthly lease payments.