Atlanta, GA, February 16, 2016 – Safe-Guard Products International, LLC, is pleased to announce a partnership with VW Credit, Inc. (“VCI”), doing business as Volkswagen Credit, Audi Financial Services and Ducati Financial Services, and the planned introduction in the United States of Volkswagen- and Audi- branded lines of automobile protection products, together with a Ducati-branded line of motorcycle protection products. Working in collaboration, the parties will develop, market and distribute the new enhanced suite of products with program introduction to the Volkswagen, Audi and Ducati dealer networks beginning on January 1, 2017.
Richard Howse, VP of marketing and business development for VCI, noted that providing a proven platform for dealer support in the distribution of branded vehicle protection products was key to the collaboration with Safe-Guard. Dealer support will include a fully dedicated national sales and training team consisting of 28 employees, a completely branded marketing offering and cutting-edge technology including a branded mobile claims application. A private label program providing vehicle protection products for nonbrand vehicles will also be made available for network dealers.
“Safe-Guard’s focus on a dedicated and completely branded sales and marketing solution will offer Volkswagen, Audi and Ducati network dealers the tools to help build customer satisfaction in parallel to supporting such dealers’ business needs,” said Randy Barkowitz, chief executive officer of Safe-Guard. “Building customer-focused protection product solutions is our number one priority, and Safe-Guard is proud to support a world-class customer and dealer experience for these brands.”
About VW Credit, Inc.
VW Credit, Inc. (VCI), was founded in 1981 to function as the captive financial services arm of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., and is affiliated with Volkswagen of America, Inc., Audi of America, Inc., and Ducati North America, Inc. VCI services Volkswagen, Audi and Ducati customers, authorized automotive/motorcycle dealers and their affiliated stores as Volkswagen Credit, Audi Financial Services and Ducati Financial Services. The company provides competitive financial products and services to dealers and their customers in the United States. VCI also manages and markets branded financial services through third-party providers. The company is headquartered in Herndon, VA. It maintains operational and customer service centers in Libertyville, lL, and Portland, OR, a remarketing department in Auburn Hills, MI, and regional offices in Woodland Hills, CA, Alpharetta, GA, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, Irving, TX, and Rosemont, IL.
About VWFS Protection Services, Inc.
Established in 2015 to serve as the obligor for the branded line of automobile and motorcycle protection products to be made available to Volkswagen, Audi and Ducati network dealers in the United States, VWFS is a wholly owned subsidiary of VCI with headquarters in Herndon, VA.
About Safe-Guard Products International, LLC
Founded in 1992 with global headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, Safe-Guard is the leading provider of finance and insurance products in the automotive aftermarket industry and motorcycle segment. Safe-Guard develops, markets and administers the highest-quality finance and insurance programs and matches them with unparalleled customer service, advanced technology solutions and industry-leading training.
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