DETROIT - Ford Motor Co.'s increase in destination charges will bring the company about $90 million in additional revenue during the 2000 model year, Automotive News estimates.
The increase is $25 on all cars and light trucks except the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable. In the 1999 model year, the company sold nearly 3.6 million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles, excluding the Taurus and Sable.
The freight increases on Ford trucks are the latest to come to light. All pickups, vans and sport-utilities are affected. The new freight charges on those vehicles are: Ranger, $535; F series, $665; Windstar, $605; Econoline, $640; Explorer, $550; Expedition, $665; and Excursion, $700.
The freight increase applies to 198 of the 225 models Ford has priced for the new season. The 10 Taurus and Sable cars were excluded, and the five Ford Focus choices are new.
Despite the higher transportation fee, prices of 12 F-150 XLT pickups were reduced by between $5 and $25.
Automotive News estimates the boost in destination charges added $18.40 to the average price of a Ford Motor 2000 car or light truck. The average price has risen $58 since the end of the 1999 model year.