In 2014, U.S. consumers carried the largest amount of auto loanbalances ever at $886 billion, according to consumer datafirm Experian.

In its Automotive Finance Market report, the firm's automotivedivision, Experian Automotive, reported while auto loanbalances increased in all risk tiers, the proportion of overall,cumulative, auto loan balances held by the lowest risk tiersremained flat or nearly flat.

The numbers of auto loans to subprime borrowers rose 3.84%,according to Experian. The number to deep subprime borrowers rose5.60%. The combined market share for both categories droppedslightly to 20.31%.

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