Kelley Blue Book: Average new-car prices up 2 percent year-over-year for April 2019

SUV prices up just 1 percent on slowing retail demand & increased competition.

IRVINE, Calif., May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $36,843 in April 2019. New-vehicle prices increased $732 (up 2 percent) from April 2018, while rising $93 (up 0.3 percent) from last month.

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“Transaction prices climbed 2 percent in April, still largely due to the shifting sales mix toward SUVs and crossovers,” said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “With slowing retail demand and increased competition, SUV prices were up just 1 percent for the month. However, the shrinking market share of the more affordable car segments, now close to 30 percent, is driving the industry average upward.”

Trucks saw the biggest increases in April 2019, with prices rising 4 percent on average on the strength of the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and RAM pickups launched last year.

Making the most gains in average transaction prices from this time last year, Ford Motor Company’s average prices were up 6 percent, as Ford jumped 6 percent and Lincoln rose 1 percent. The refreshed Edge led Ford’s gains with a 6 percent increase, while the discontinuation of the Focus also helped boost average prices. At Lincoln, two recent refreshes drove the largest gains. The MKC with its updated grille posted an increase of 4 percent, while the Nautilus grew 6 percent over the MKX it replaced.

On the other hand, Hyundai-Kia prices were flat in April 2019, as Hyundai was flat, and Kia was down 1 percent. Hyundai was helped by the new Veloster, which was up 13 percent, as well as the Kona and its new EV model, which drove prices of the vehicle up 4 percent. Kia was hurt most by the Sorento, which was down 3 percent. The Genesis brand fell by 14 percent following the introduction of the G70 sedan as the new entry point in its lineup.

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