File - This Nov. 18, 2010, file photo shows the General Motors headquarters in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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General Motors Co. is intensifying its attack on rival Ford Motor Co.'s lead in sales to U.S. commercial fleets to prop up profit margins amid weakening consumer demand, according to executives at the No. 1 U.S. automaker.GM's rental sales are around 10 percent of total sales this year, down from 15.8 percent in 2013, according to industry data.GM and Ford compete for business from companies like engineering-services firm U.S. Infrastructure Co., which has around 9,000 vehicles, mostly light-duty Chevrolet Colorado pickup trucks.Rising commercial fleet sales have lifted GM's net profit by $1 billion over the last five years, according to sources familiar with GM's financials.Ford, GM and FCA control around 77 percent of commercial fleet sales for Classes 1 through 6 from passenger cars to the biggest medium-duty trucks though Ford dominates at 40 percent, according to data compiled by Cox Automotive for Reuters from non-public sources.Through November, GM's commercial fleet sales rose 13.5 percent compared with a 5.1 percent increase at Ford.
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