Fiat Chrysler sold more retail units in June than Ford Motor Co. as Ford pushed its fleet sales mix to an industry-leading 35 percent.
It was only the third month since 2000 that FCA US has outsold Ford Motor at the retail level. Overall, Ford Motor sold 39,646 units more than FCA US in June.
Chevrolet's retail sales were higher than those of the Ford brand in June, although Ford was ahead by more than 35,000 units when fleet and retail are combined.
Hyundai-Kia had a higher fleet mix in June than General Motors or FCA, another anomaly.
For the Korean automaker, 22 percent of June volume went to fleets compared with 21 percent at FCA and 20 percent at GM. Most of Hyundai-Kia's fleet sales went to daily-rental companies. GM and FCA have a large number of commercial and government buyers.
Since 2010, Hyundai-Kia had a higher fleet mix than GM only one other time and a higher mix than FCA only four times. June was the first month in that period that the Koreans' fleet mix was higher than both GM and FCA.
The Toyota brand points out every month that it is the industry leader in retail sales. But fleet is why Toyota Motor Sales outperformed the market's 4.4 percent gain in the first half. The automaker's fleet sales were up 16 percent, and retail sales rose 4.3 percent.
Among the seven major players in June, fleet sales fell 4.7 percent while retail volume rose 5.5 percent. But overall in the first half, fleet was up 4.9 percent, and retail increased 3.5 percent.
At GM and Ford, retail gains outpaced fleet increases through the first six months.
On the other hand Toyota and Hyundai-Kia increased their fleet mix. Nissan North America and FCA are more balanced, with fleet and retail percentage gains almost equal.