Sales to commercial fleets increased 11.1% in March, and were up 5% during the first quarter of...

Sales to commercial fleets increased 11.1% in March, and were up 5% during the first quarter of the year. 

(Clockwise from l. to r.) Photos courtesy of Ford, GM, Nissan, and FCA.

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from nine manufactures increased 11.1% to 79,173 in March compared to a year ago as sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs increased 13.1% to 69,760 while fleet sales of passenger cars fell 1.6% to 9,413. Truck-based sales provided 88.1% of the volume, according to Automotive Fleet data.

For the year so far, sales to commercial fleets have increased 5% to 194,220. Truck-based sales have increased 8.4% to 171,922, while car sales have declined 15.3% to 22,298.

March saw a reversal of February in which fleet sales declined 1.7% and year-to-date sales fell 1.8%.

March sales to government fleets from four manufacturers increased 7.3% to 23,445. Truck-based sales increased 8.9% to 19,800 and car sales fell 0.4% to 3,645. For the year, government sales have increased 5.2% to 60,030. Truck sales have increased 5.7% to 50,091 and car sales have increased 2.9% to 9,939.

Daily rental sales from nine manufacturers increased 5.3% to 214,808 units. Truck-based sales increased 9.8% to 136,650 units, while car sales declined 9.5% to 78,158 units. Year-to-date sales have increased 6.4% to 554,194 vehicles with a 6.5% decline in car sales to 203,533 and a 15.6% increase in truck-based sales to 350,661 units.

For all three segments, fleet sales in March increased 4.5% from a year ago to 317,426 units with a 10.7% gain in truck sales to 226,210 and an 8.4% decline in car sales to 91,216. For the year so far, sales into the three fleet segments have increased 6% to 808,444. While truck-based sales have increased 12.8% to 572,674, car sales have fallen 7.1% to 235,770.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet

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Paul Clinton covered an array of fleet and automotive topics for Automotive Fleet, Government Fleet, Mobile Electronics, Police Magazine, and other Bobit Business Media publications.

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