DETROIT - Oldsmobile has raised and reduced the prices of its best-selling Aleros for the 2000 model year, and Pontiac has hiked the stickers on its Bonneville line while increasing the equipment content of the cars.
The base Alero GX coupe and sedan are down $670, but an automatic transmission is no longer standard equipment as it was for 1999. It's $785 extra on the 2000 model. At the top of the line, the Alero GLS coupe and sedan are up $400.
The midrange Alero coupes and sedans are offered in GL1, GL2 and GL3 trim levels for 2000 and are not directly comparable with the 1999 GL.
Elsewhere, prices have been raised $155 on the Olds Bravada and $340 to $700 on the Intrigue and Silhouette. Automotive News estimates that the 2000 prices have been increased an average of $179 on the Alero, Intrigue, Silhouette and Bravada.
The Pontiac Bonneville SE is $670 more than the final price of the 1999 model, and the supercharged SSEi, priced as a separate model for 2000, is $455 more than the 1999 SSE with the SSEi option.
Pontiac has upgraded its Bonneville line by adding side-impact airbags and other equipment. The division claims that the SE is $40 less and the SSEi is $170 less than what it calls 'popularly equipped' 1999 models.