New-Car Transaction Prices Rise Steadily, Up 2.6 Percent in April 2015, According to Kelley Blue Book

Strength Reported Across Industry with Greatest Increases from Popular Truck Segments

IRVINE, Calif., May 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The analysts at Kelley Blue Book, the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry, today report the estimated average transaction price (ATP) for light vehicles in the United States was $33,560 in April 2015.  New-car prices have increased by $836 (up 2.6 percent) from April 2014, while increasing $195 (up 0.6 percent) from last month. 

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"Prices were up across most of the industry, but we are seeing some of the greatest increases in the truck segments," said Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book.  "Full-size trucks were particularly strong, up 4.5 percent, while mid-size trucks were up 3.5 percent.  Incentive spending on trucks also has been lighter this year, indicating a great market for these units right now."


April 2015
Price (Avg.)*

March 2015
Price (Avg.)*

April 2014
Price (Avg.)*

Percent Change March 2015 to April 2015*

Percent Change April 2014 to April 2015*

American Honda (Acura, Honda)






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






Ford Motor Company (Ford, Lincoln)






General Motors (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC)












Nissan North America (Nissan, Infiniti)






Toyota Motor Company (Lexus, Scion, Toyota)






Volkswagen  Group (Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche)












*Kelley Blue Book Average Transaction Prices do not include applied consumer incentives


Continuing to benefit from popularity among trucks and SUVs, the domestic automakers all report significant year-over-year gains in transaction prices.  Up 3.3 percent, Fiat Chrysler was helped by strong prices from its Dodge and RAM brands.  As it retools its portfolio, Dodge had an 8.9 percent gain, while RAM increase 4.2 percent. 

Ford Motor Company jumped 3.2 percent, driven by its top-seller, F-150, which was up 4.4 percent with nearly half of sales comprised of the redesigned 2015 model.  Ford's No. 2 seller, Fusion, dropped 3.1 percent as its hybrid and electric variants sold fewer units. 

"Another notable increase in transaction prices is from Hyundai Kia, which is up 4.7 percent," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.  "The redesigned Sonata, up 7.9 percent, helped the Hyundai brand to a 4.2 percent gain, while the Kia Sedona, up 16.5 percent, lifted the Kia brand 5.2 percent in April."

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