Dodge has raised prices on its Durango, its full-sized vans and half a dozen of its Ram pickups, and Ford Division has added big bucks to the stickers of its Mustang Cobras.
Elsewhere, Suzuki's new Vitara sport-utility is priced a bit higher than the Sidekick line it replaces; Pontiac hiked its base Montana minivan and Honda added a loaded Civic sedan.
Dodge Dakota 4x4 pickups rose $150, and Ram 3500 pickups with dual rear wheels climbed $300. All Ram cargo vans, Ram conversion vans and Ram wagons went up $80.
The Dodge Durango sport-utility jumped $690, but $590 of that is the result of a V-8 replacing a V-6 as standard equipment.
Automotive News estimates that the truck boosts added $21 to the average price of a 1999 DaimlerChrysler Corp. vehicle. Increases on the company's cars and minivans (Automotive News, Dec. 14) added $71 to the average price. DaimlerChrysler Corp. cars and trucks are up an average of $116, or 0.5 percent, since the end of the 1998 model year.
The 1999 Mustang coupe is up $1,760, and the convertible has risen $2,960. Volume is so low that those hefty increases boosted Ford Motor's average light-vehicle price only $6, Automotive News finds. This year's Cobra sales through Nov. 7 totaled only 4,734 coupes and 3,140 convertibles.
Base prices of Suzuki's 1999 Vitara mini sport-utility range from $13,919 to $16,519 for the two-door softtop, and $15,829 to $18,429 for the four-door hardtop. That compares with base prices of $13,519 for the two-door and $14,829 for the four-door 1998 Sidekick models the Vitara replaces.
All prices include destination charges of $420 for the two-door and $430 for the four-door.
Standard Vitara features include tilt steering wheel, tachometer, trip odometer, daytime running lights, overhead map lights and AM/FM stereo cassette.
The Vitara four-door arrives in dealerships this month; the two-door will arrive in January.
Pontiac has added $195 to the price of its base Montana minivan, and Honda has introduced a Civic sedan with a 'value package.' The price is $15,045, including the $415 destination charge.
The package includes automatic transmission, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with CD player, power door locks, keyless entry system and a center console armrest with storage compartment. The Civic VP is $1,045 more than the base Civic DX sedan with automatic drive.
Staff Reporter Mark Rechtin contributed to this report