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Average New-Vehicle Prices Up 3% Year-Over-Year in June 2020, According to Kelley Blue Book
Strength in non-luxury car and light truck sales mix helps boost the industry average

IRVINE, Calif., July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $38,530 in June 2020. New-vehicle prices increased $1,141 (up 3.1%) from June 2019, while rising $160 (up 0.4%) from last month.   

"Though Q2 sales are expected to be down 35% due to COVID-19 and the ensuing economic recession, transaction prices over this time strengthened more than normal," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "The industry average climbed 3%– helped by increases in non-luxury cars—and light truck sales mix at around 75% of the total market. Today's new-car buyers are likely more financially secure despite the economic uncertainty, and they are purchasing a disproportionate number of trucks and SUVs. However, buyers are still shying away from luxury brands, which saw prices dip 1.5%."

Supply and inventory challenges remain a concern across many parts of the country and in high-demand segments, due to factory shutdowns this past spring, and slow supply chain ramp-ups since. Along with a recent resurgence in used-car values, this will likely keep prices elevated during the summer months.

Manufacturer

June

2020

Transaction
Price (Avg.)*

May

2020

Transaction
Price (Avg.)*

June

2019
Transaction
Price (Avg.)*

Percent
Change
May 2020
to June 2020*

Percent
Change
June
2019
to
June

2020*

American Honda (Acura, Honda)

$29,346

$29,231

$28,752

0.4%

2.1%

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

$43,464

$43,467

$41,351

0.0%

5.1%

Ford Motor Company (Ford, Lincoln)

$44,092

$44,307

$41,145

-0.5%

7.2%

General Motors (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC)

$43,100

$42,741

$42,299

0.8%

1.9%

Hyundai Kia

$27,945

$28,239

$26,064

-1.0%

7.2%

Nissan North America (Nissan, INFINITI)

$31,434

$31,770

$28,978

-1.1%

8.5%

Subaru

$31,023

$30,769

$29,905

0.8%

3.7%

Toyota Motor Company (Lexus, Toyota)

$35,726

$35,395

$33,407

0.9%

6.9%

Volkswagen Group (Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche)

$42,535

$42,468

$43,741

0.2%

-2.8%

Industry

$38,530

$38,370

$37,389

0.4%

3.1%

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

Nissan North America continued its strong run with June average transaction figures up 8%. Nissan's cars actually rose the most, with the redesigned Versa (up 15%) and Sentra (up 7%) being the main drivers despite all the attention on trucks and SUVs. Even the Frontier benefitted from the rising tide lifting all trucks, up more than 4% and selling close to $30,000 on average. Nissan's top seller, Rogue, also managed a 1.5% gain as it enters it sell down months, scheduled to be replaced by a new generation later this year.

Cars continued their comeback, showing improvements of all body styles and averaging 3% gains. Compact cars led the way with nearly 4% increases, thanks in part to the new Sentra. Mid-size SUVs had the biggest jump of any segment, rising 6% on the redesigned Ford Explorer (up 12%), Jeep Wrangler (up 5%), and the all-new Hyundai Palisade, which sells for $42,516 on average, $2,000 higher than the segment average. Lastly, the mix of SUVs and trucks is still pushing the average new-vehicle price up, with June's light truck mix expected to be around 76%, up from 71% one year ago.

Segment

 

 

June

2020

Transaction
Price (Avg.)*

May

2020

Transaction
Price (Avg.)*

June

2019
Transaction
Price (Avg.)*

Percent
Change
May 2020
to June 2020*

Percent
Change
June
2019
to
June 2020*

Compact Car

$21,570

$21,596

$20,821

-0.1%

3.6%

Compact SUV/Crossover

$30,420

$30,027

$29,429

1.3%

3.4%

Electric Vehicle

$47,384

$47,696

$47,667

-0.7%

-0.6%

Entry-level Luxury Car

$42,506

$42,774

$43,240

-0.6%

-1.7%

Full-size Car

$36,284

$36,808

$35,064

-1.4%

3.5%

Full-size Pickup Truck

$51,267

$50,717

$50,512

1.1%

1.5%

Full-size SUV/Crossover

$63,908

$63,398

$62,852

0.8%

1.7%

High Performance Car

$112,191

$122,180

$103,389

-8.2%

8.5%

High-end Luxury Car

$95,403

$94,068

$100,689

1.4%

-5.2%

Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car

$27,668

$27,484

$27,130

0.7%

2.0%

Luxury Car

$60,229

$60,398

$59,968

-0.3%

0.4%

Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover

$46,887

$46,708

$46,944

0.4%

-0.1%

Luxury Full-size SUV/Crossover

$87,269

$87,079

$87,580

0.2%

-0.4%

Luxury Mid-size SUV/Crossover

$58,752

$58,675

$59,664

0.1%

-1.5%

Luxury Subcompact SUV/Crossover

$39,626

$39,502

$39,421

0.3%

0.5%

Mid-size Car

$26,595

$26,592

$25,746

0.0%

3.3%

Mid-size Pickup Truck

$37,254

$37,075

$35,661

0.5%

4.5%

Mid-size SUV/Crossover

$40,619

$40,531

$38,393

0.2%

5.8%

Minivan

$36,166

$36,295

$35,303

-0.4%

2.4%

Sports Car

$37,489

$37,371

$36,874

0.3%

1.7%

Subcompact Car

$17,110

$16,972

$16,485

0.8%

3.8%

Subcompact SUV/Crossover

$24,946

$24,864

$24,361

0.3%

2.4%

Van

$37,336

$36,347

$35,451

2.7%

5.3%

Grand Total

$38,530

$38,370

$37,389

0.4%

3.1%

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

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SOURCE Kelley Blue Book

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