Buick has raised prices an average of $749 for the 2000 model year, considerably more than hikes of $356 for Chevrolet and $213 for GMC, an Automotive News analysis finds.
Elsewhere, Toyota's entry-level Echo two-door will debut at $10,450, including the $455 destination charge. The Echo is $2,660 less than the Tercel, which was Toyota's smallest car before it died in the 1998 model year.
Acura added $450 to its best-selling 3.2TL sedan and hiked all Integras $100. DaimlerChrysler boosted Jeep Wranglers $30 to $45. That is in addition to the $95 to $520 increase when the 2000 Wranglers were priced in July.
Buick offers only eight models for 2000, and seven of them are up $345 to $775. The Century sedans, which account for 36 percent of Buick sales, are up $747 and $1,512.
Buick already is paying customer rebates on its 2000 models - $1,000 to $1,500 on the Park Avenue and $750 on the Century. Rebates on 1999 Buicks run from $1,000 to $3,500.
Chevrolet and GMC wound up their 2000 introductory pricing by pinning stickers on their minivans, vans and sport-utilities. Other models were priced earlier.
Price increases were $315 on all Chevrolet Astro and Express and GMC Safari and Savana cargo vans. Passenger versions jumped $435 for the Astro and Safari, but only $50 for the Express and Savana. One Chevy Venture minivan rose $155, and another went up $1,155. GMC does not have a Venture counterpart.
Changes on sport-utilities varied widely. GMC Jimmys rose $300 to $2,146; most of the sibling Chevrolet Blazers were reduced, with the cuts as high as $3,200.
Blazer pricing was aided by some adroit juggling of model names. The base four-doors (two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive) have been dropped; thus the 2000 Blazer LS, LT and Trailblazer are matched against vehicles that occupied different spots in the pecking order last year.
Chevy's redesigned Tahoe sport-utilities jumped $4,009 and $6,374; GMC has not priced its corresponding Yukons.
Despite the price increases on most vehicles - or, perhaps, because of them - General Motors is paying customer rebates on 2000 vans, minivans and sport-utilities. The rebates are $500 to $1,250. All 1999 GMC and Chevrolet models except the Corvette carry customer rebates.
In addition to tagging the Echo, Toyota announced prices of its redesigned Avalon sedans and Celica sport coupe. The Avalons are up $512 to $1,082; the Celica, at $17,150 with freight, is $4,710 less than the 1999 model.
The 1999 Avalon has a $300 incentive.