Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets increased 2.1% in May, while sales to government fleets...

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets increased 2.1% in May, while sales to government fleets were flat, and sales into daily rental increased 29.8%.

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Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 2.1% to 69,145 in May as sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs powered an increase of 6.9% to 61,484, while and passenger car sales fell 25.1% to 7,661 units compared to a year ago, according to Automotive Fleet data.

For the year so far, sales to commercial fleets have increased 8.6% to 323,528. Truck-based sales have increased 10.3% to 282,174, and car sales have fallen 2% to 41,354.

Sales to government fleets from four manufacturers were flat in May with a 0.6% decline to 28,574. Truck-based sales fell 2.8% to 22,653 and car sales increased 8.9% to 5,921. For the year, government sales have declined 4.7% to 110,631 for the month with truck sales decreasing 5% to 90,678 and car sales falling 3.2% to 19,953.

Daily rental sales from nine manufacturers in May increased 29.8% to 182,111 units. Truck-based sales increased 58.6% to 119,358 units, while car sales declined 3.5% to 62,753 units. Year-to-date sales have increased 8.4% to 851,821 vehicles with a 10.6% decline in car sales to 338,390 and a 26.1% increase in truck-based sales to 513,431 units.

For all three segments, fleet sales in May increased 18.2% from a year ago to 279,830 units with a 30.3% gain in truck sales to 203,495 and a 5.4% decline in car sales to 76,335.

Year to date, the three fleet segments have increased 7.2% to 1.28 million. While truck-based sales have increased 16.9% to 886,283, car sales have fallen 9.5% to 399,697.

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