The July SAAR totaled 14.5 million units, a decline of 14.4% compared with July 2019 but up from the SAAR of 13.1 million units for June 2020.
As Congress considers the next phases of virus-related economic recovery legislation, it should include suspension of the FET on new trucks and trailers until the end of 2021.
As with most industries, truck sales the rest of the year will be dependent on the ability to control the spread of COVID-19.
During this quarter, retail sales recovered much more quickly than fleet sales from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New light-vehicle sales in June improved compared to May but remain down significantly compared to this time last year.
Fleet sales were down year-over-year by a whopping 72% in May, while retail sales only fell by 17%.
New light-vehicle sales showed signs of recovery in May, with a SAAR of 12.21 million units.
The April SAAR represents a drop of 47.6% compared to April 2019. Yet many industry watchers believe auto sales have bottomed out and are showing signs of recovery.