Fleet sales again rose faster than retail sales in February among the seven major automakers, continuing a surge that began in late 2014.
Sales to fleets rose 7.6 percent from a year earlier, compared with a 4.2 percent increase in sales though dealerships.
At General Motors, sales to fleet buyers jumped 12 percent while retail climbed just 1.4 percent. Toyota Motor Sales boosted fleet sales 39 percent in February, outpacing a 9.7 percent gain in retail. At Hyundai-Kia, fleet sales were 16 percent higher while retail volume rose 4.8 percent.
The exceptions in February were Ford Motor Co., Nissan North America and FCA US.
Ford Motor's fleet sales declined 5.5 percent while its retail volume was flat. Nissan's fleet sales rose 0.8 percent while retail sales were 3.2 percent higher. FCA's fleet sales climbed 4.7 percent while retail volume increased 5.9 percent.
American Honda fleet volume, entirely handled by dealers, is estimated at a flat 2 percent of total sales.
In the first two months of 2015, combined fleet sales for the seven automakers were up 13 percent from a year earlier, while retail sales increased 8.2 percent.
In 2014, both retail sales and fleet sales rose 6 percent for the group from a year earlier. Growth on the retail side drove the market's gains for most of the year, but fleet surged in the fourth quarter.
For the major automakers, fleet accounted for 18 percent of total sales in 2014 and 2013.