Fleet Sales Decline 13% in March

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April 13, 2017
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<p><em>(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500</em></p> Fleet Sales Decline 13% in March

Sales of vehicles to commercial, daily rental, and government fleets declined 13.1% to 279,063 in March and remain negative for the first quarter in the three segments, according to Automotive Fleet data and the Detroit Three.

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