US fleet sales up despite falling in November
January-November fleet sales in the United States rose 3.2% year-over-year to 2.57 million units thanks to the sale of larger vehicles. While truck, van, and SUV sales increased 6.6% to 1.86 million units during the 11-month period, car sales fell by 4.6% to 709,371 units.
By category, daily rental sales rose 2.3% to 1.6mn units (trucks +5.8% and cars -3.1%), commercial sales rose 8.7% to 734,012 units (trucks +11.1% and cars -9.6%), and sales to government fell 5.7% to 232,761 units (trucks -3.2% and cars -18.6%).
Despite being up for the year, November showed the first month-over-month fall in fleet sales in 2019, according to local news service Automotive Fleet, reporting a 9.3% drop to 184,793 units when compared to October 2019. While truck, van, and SUV sales dropped 3.8% to 135,827 units, car sales fell 21.8% to 48,966 units.
By category, daily rental sales was down 8.6% in the month to 112,521 units (trucks -0.8% and cars -19.5%). Meanwhile, commercial sales from nine manufacturers fell 9.9% to 54,384 units (trucks -7.8% and cars -24.1%), and sales to government from five manufacturers slipped 12.3% to 17,888 units (trucks -4.2% and cars -47.2%).
In 2018, the best-selling vehicle in the United States was the Ford F series pickups (mainly F-150 and F-250) with 909,330 units sold. Other utility vehiles selling well are the Chevrolet Siverado and the Ram 1500 pickups as well as the Ford Explorer SUV. Pickups, SUVs and vans make up approximately 68% of the vehicles sold in the United States.
2020 Ford F-150 (Ford)