Huntington Automobile Finance, a subsidiary of Ohio-based Huntington Bancshares Inc., announced that it is expanding into the Iowa market. Ranked by Experian as the 19th largest lender in the automobile finance business, Huntington has been expanding that niche beyond its primary banking states to New England and, more recently, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Iowa is the 17th state in which the bank will offer vehicle loans. "We've got a very strong commitment to the auto business," said Rich Porrello, director of Huntington Automobile Finance. "We expand slowly and where it makes sense." Huntington's services include financing of new and used automobiles purchased by a dealer's retail customers, as well as commercial loans to the dealer primarily to finance new and used vehicle inventory. The company had its best year ever in 2012, closing more than $4 billion in vehicle loans, Porrello said. Huntington has hired one full-time representative to enroll Iowa dealers, and will initially process loans from its Wisconsin office, he said.