DETROIT - Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth have joined the midwinter price parade with increases of $50 to $150.
Chevrolet bumped both cars and light trucks. Cars went up an average of $9 on a sales-weighted basis, an Automotive News analysis finds. Vans and sport-utilities rose three times that much -$27.
The Chevrolet increase amounted to an average boost of $19 when applied to the entire fleet of General Motors 1999 cars and light trucks.
DaimlerChrysler raised prices on six lines of U.S.-built cars - the Chrysler Sebring, LHS and 300M; the Dodge Avenger; and the Dodge/Plymouth Neon. They represent 41 percent of car sales for the former Chrysler Corp.
The price of a Chrysler-Dodge-Plymouth car went up an average of $25, according to Automotive News, but the price of a new vehicle in those lines (plus Jeep) went up only $9. That is because cars account for less than 30 percent of the new vehicles sold by the four lines.
Jeep prices went up in January (Automotive News, Feb. 8) and added $17 to the average price of a new vehicle built by the former Chrysler Corp. Coupled with this latest boost, the winter increase averages $26.
Automotive News estimates that Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge-Jeep vehicles have gone up an average of $142, or 0.6 percent, since the end of the 1998 model year.
Ford Motor Co. also has participated in the winter price hike with an average increase of $97.