DETROIT - Chevrolet and GMC have posted moderate price increases on their pickups for the 2000 model year.
Automotive News estimates that Chevrolet pickups rose an average of $120 over the final prices of 1999 models. The GMC boost is estimated at $100.
The increases are less than last year's introductory hikes because neither make has any new pickups for 2000. A year ago, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2500 and the GMC Sierra 1500 and 2500 were new. Those are the full-sized 1/2-ton and 3/4-ton models, the backbone of each make's lineup.
For 2000, Chevrolet's boosts ranged from $27 to $427; GMC's went from $27 to $386.
Chevy cut the price of one S10 compact pickup. GMC reduced two of its corresponding Sonoma models.
The most popular hike for each make was $179. Chevy added that amount to all 15 of its C/K 2500 and 3500 regular cab and Crew Cab models. GMC applied that increase to all 15 of its Classic Sierra 2500 and 3500 regular cab and Crew Cab choices.
To soften that impact, many compact and 1/2-ton full-sized selections went up less than $100.
Chevy S10 prices start at $13,110, and the comparable GMC Sonoma is $13,124. In the full-sized line, the base Chevy Silverado is $15,995, and the lowest-priced GMC Sierra is $16,640. All prices include the destination charge.