Ford Motor Co.'s spring price increase now includes 10 Ford Division cars as well as the 18 Lincoln and Mercury models listed earlier (Automotive News, April 26).
The Ford boosts amounted to $50 and $95 on various Mustang, Contour, Taurus and Crown Victoria models.
The Escort line was excluded, as were the base Mustang and Crown Victoria and the top-of-the-line Contour SVT, Mustang Cobra coupe and Mustang Cobra convertible.
Automotive News estimates that the Ford car hikes added $10 to the average price of a Ford Motor Co. car or light truck; the Lincoln Mercury boosts added $11.
At the beginning of the 1999 model year, Ford said it had reduced its prices an average of $61 from the final tags on 1998 models.
Since that time, Ford has raised prices an average of $160 for a net boost of $99, or 0.5 percent, according to Automotive News calculations.
Ford said the Lightning pickup, a performance version of the F-150, will be priced at $29,995, including the $640 destination charge.