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Saturn, Toyota, Jeep post '02 prices

DETROIT - Jeep raised Wrangler prices and trimmed Grand Cherokee stickers; Saturn applied moderate boosts to its smaller cars and larger increases to its larger autos; and Toyota raised four car and truck lines an average of less than 1 percent.

That is a summary of last week's activity on 2002 prices.

Chrysler group's 2002 price cuts do not include the Jeep Wrangler. The open-sided vehicles are up $330 to $1,015.

Conversely, the Grand Cherokee Laredo is down $1,875, and the Grand Cherokee Limited has been reduced $2,395 from the final 2001 tab. Cuts in the dealer discount contributed to the price reductions.

There were no changes in the prices of the Jeep Liberty, which was introduced in the spring as a 2002 model.

Saturn's S-series coupes and sedans rose $85 to $160 for 2002, and the larger L-series sedans and wagons climbed $670 to $940. Antilock brakes and traction control ($595 in 2001) are standard on the L for 2002.

Toyota pasted stickers on five more of its 15 car and truck lines - the Celica sport coupe, the MR2 convertible, the Tacoma pickup, the RAV4 sport wagon and the Land Cruiser sport-utility.

The destination charge rises $30 for 2002 on vehicles distributed in 40 states by Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. The new freight fees are $485 for cars and $510 for pickups.

Toyota price hikes before adjusting for equipment changes are $130 for the Celica, $180 for the MR2, $190 for the RAV4 and $85 to $185 for the Tacoma. The Land Cruiser has been reduced $570.

You can reach John K. Teahen Jr. at autonews@crain.com

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