AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Automaker Stellantis NV, which was shaped before this year by a merger involving Fiat Chrysler, explained Wednesday it will shell out $285 million for an vehicle-finance business to provide financial loans and leases to shoppers by way of its dealers.

Netherlands-primarily based Stellantis claimed it will pay out cash to purchase F1 Holdings Corp., the mum or dad of Houston-centered auto-finance firm Initial Buyers Monetary Solutions Group. The offer is anticipated to shut by 12 months conclude.

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares stated owning a finance company in the U.S. will enable the automaker give prospects and dealers alternatives like loans, leases, and “floorplan” or stock funding that is prevalent in the car-dealership company.

Stellantis reported it is the only big car or truck maker running in the U.S. without having its possess vehicle-finance enterprise.

Stellantis was formed this calendar year by a merger of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Peugeot. They figured that combining would help them compete with much larger rivals Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault-Nissan as the auto market goes by means of enormous technological adjustments together with a change toward electric powered and motor vehicles with additional automation.

Other than Dodge, Chrysler and Fiat, its other models include Jeep, Peugeot and Alfa Romeo.