Average new-car prices up 2% year-over-year for August 2019

IRVINE, Calif.Sept. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United Stateswas $37,401 in August 2019New-vehicle prices increased $723 (up 2%) from August 2018, while decreasing $54 (down 0.1%) from last month.

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“Although new-vehicle pricing growth has been strong this year, we’ve also seen greater incentives to offset rising monthly payments and move slower selling new-car inventories,” said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

“The ratio of incentives to average transaction prices has been above 10% this summer after being under that mark for the previous eight months, and August looks to be no different with numerous Labor Day incentive programs being run by manufacturers. If sales do not respond accordingly, we could see this trend continue for the remainder of the year.”

Manufacturer

August
2019

Transaction

Price

 (Avg.)*

July

2019

Transaction

Price

 (Avg.)*

August

2018

Transaction

Price

 (Avg.)*

Percent

Change

July 2019

to

August

2019*

Percent

Change

August

2018 to

August

2019*

American Honda (Acura, Honda)

$28,680

$28,716

$29,407

-0.1%

-2.5%

Fiat Chrysler (Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, RAM)

$40,823

$40,873

$38,427

-0.1%

6.2%

Ford Motor Company (Ford, Lincoln)

$42,541

$42,650

$41,336

-0.3%

2.9%

General Motors (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC)

$41,855

$41,659

$41,000

0.5%

2.1%

HyundaiKia

$26,698

$26,875

$25,279

-0.7%

5.6%

Nissan North America (Nissan, INFINITI)

$30,106

$29,772

$30,455

1.1%

-1.1%

Subaru

$29,926

$30,005

$29,270

-0.3%

2.2%

Toyota Motor Company (Lexus, Toyota)

$33,931

$33,686

$33,146

0.7%

2.4%

Volkswagen Group (Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche)

$42,744

$43,629

$40,515

-2.0%

5.5%

Industry

$37,401

$37,455

$36,678

-0.1%

2.0%

*Kelley Blue Book average transaction prices do not include applied consumer incentives

Fiat Chrysler had another strong month, posting more than a 6% increase, thanks to RAM and Jeep. RAM prices grew by 4%, while Jeep rose nearly 7% on the strength of the Wrangler and Gladiator. Gladiator prices are finally averaging below $50,000, but it still sits more than $10,000 above the next closest mid-size truck. Dodge also had a good month, rising 5% as the Challenger and Charger showed solid improvement.

Ford Motor Company was up 3% in August, with the Lincoln brand rising the most at 5%. Lincoln is benefitting from its new products, as the Nautilus jumped 5% and the refreshed MKC rose 3%. Meanwhile, the Aviator is off to a strong start as it averaged north of $70,000. The redesigned Explorer saw the biggest improvement for Ford, rising 8%, while the refreshed Edge had a solid gain of 5%.

Segment

August

2019

Transaction Price
(Avg.)*

July

2019

Transaction
Price
(Avg.)*

August

2018
Transaction
Price
(Avg.)*

Percent
Change
July 2019
to

August
2019*

Percent
Change
August
2018 to

August
2019*

Compact Car

$20,981

$20,968

$20,613

0.1%

1.8%

Compact SUV/Crossover

$28,229

$28,157

$27,513

0.3%

2.6%

Electric Vehicle

$55,351

$55,331

$62,942

0.0%

-12.1%

Entry-level Luxury Car

$42,924

$43,005

$42,266

-0.2%

1.6%

Full-size Car

$35,536

$35,519

$34,655

0.0%

2.5%

Full-size Pickup Truck

$50,585

$50,244

$49,104

0.7%

3.0%

Full-Size SUV/Crossover

$62,305

$62,388

$62,272

-0.1%

0.1%

High Performance Car

$103,202

$102,010

$111,104

1.2%

-7.1%

High-end Luxury Car

$97,436

$98,628

$96,672

-1.2%

0.8%

Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car

$27,051

$27,024

$27,238

0.1%

-0.7%

Luxury Car

$59,066

$59,975

$57,937

-1.5%

1.9%

Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover

$45,709

$45,431

$45,750

0.6%

-0.1%

Luxury Full-size SUV/Crossover

$88,900

$89,438

$88,706

-0.6%

0.2%

Luxury Mid-size SUV/Crossover

$57,562

$59,436

$55,252

-3.2%

4.2%

Mid-size Car

$25,866

$25,805

$25,483

0.2%

1.5%

Mid-size Pickup Truck

$35,295

$35,666

$33,973

-1.0%

3.9%

Mid-size SUV/Crossover

$39,108

$38,908

$38,577

0.5%

1.4%

Minivan

$35,782

$35,857

$34,706

-0.2%

3.1%

Sports Car

$36,257

$36,548

$35,332

-0.8%

2.6%

Subcompact Car

$16,844

$16,768

$16,931

0.5%

-0.5%

Subcompact SUV/Crossover

$24,025

$23,898

$24,165

0.5%

-0.6%

Van

$35,626

$35,315

$35,244

0.9%

1.1%

Grand Total

$37,401

$37,455

$36,678

-0.1%

2.0%

*Kelley Blue Book average transaction prices do not include applied consumer incentives

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