Norwest Corp. has plans to instill a more conservative culture at auto finance company Fidelity Acceptance Corp., according to a company official.

James R. Berens, president of Norwest Financial, said his company's decision to jump into the auto finance business in a big way, with its $340 million agreement to buy Fidelity Acceptance from BankBoston Corp., doesn't mean Norwest is prepared to absorb large credit losses.

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