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.
As the first quarter of 2020 has come to a close, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) issued an analysis of U.S. auto sales and the economy, including the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on both.
The SAAR of 11.4 million for March 2020 represents a decline of 34.1% compared to March 2019 and is the lowest monthly SAAR since April 2010.
New light-vehicle sales in February were strong, with a SAAR of 16.83 million units for the month—an increase of 1.9% compared to February 2019. Raw sales volume topped 1.3 million units, an increase of 8.4% compared to February of last year.