'02 Chevy truck prices rise

The price of Chevrolet trucks rose an average of $118 as part of the latest General Motors price hike on 2002 models, according to an Automotive News tabulation.

Cars rose an average of $108, the analysis found. Both figures are sales-weighted, but they are not adjusted for 2001 optional equipment made standard for 2002.

This is GM's second price increase on 2002 models. It averaged $126 on Chevrolet, Cadillac, Pontiac and Oldsmobile cars and $164 on Cadillac cars. It came as GM added zero-percent financing that pushed incentives to more than $3,000 per vehicle.

Saturn did not raise prices.

Most Chevrolet pickups rose $100, but the regular-cab Silverado 1500 line jumped $350. The S10 compact pickup rose $117.

Increases of $75 to $235 were applied to the Blazer, TrailBlazer, Tahoe and Suburban sport-utilities. There was no change on the Tracker and Avalanche. On vans, the boosts were $100 on the Venture and Astro and $175 on the Express.

Elsewhere, Lexus held the line on the ES 300 sedan, its best-selling car. The 2002 model is $32,080, up $30 because of a boost in the destination charge.

Nissan's Quest minivans are up $100, and the company used a meat ax on the prices of the Pathfinder sport-utility. The Pathfinder SE is down $1,800, and the LE is down $400.

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

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