Strong fleet activity led U.S. auto sales growth in June.
For the seven best-selling automakers that control 86 percent of the market, June fleet sales jumped 13 percent while their combined retail volume inched up 0.8 percent.
For the same group, retail activity in the first six months was a scant 0.1 percent higher while sales to commercial, governmental and rental fleet buyers climbed 10 percent.
The overall U.S. auto market rose 2.4 percent in June, enough to lift first-half sales 1.4 percent ahead of the same period in 2015. Full-year 2015 volume was a record 17.5 million light vehicles.
The first-half fleet volume increase for major players totaled 146,200 light vehicles. That's more than the 116,545 unit growth in the first six months for the overall market.