Ford Motor Co. has kept the lid on prices for its 2005 Ford Division cars and all Lincolns.
Ford Division cars rose only $27 on a sales-weighted basis, according to Automotive News. The Crown Victoria and Taurus are unchanged from the final 2004 stickers, the Focus line went up $85, and Thunderbird advanced $25. The 2005 Mustang has not been priced.
Lincoln's sales-weighted average increase was $112, according to Automotive News. The LS line was reduced an average of $80; the Town Car is unchanged; and the Aviator and Navigator SUVs climbed $170 and $413, respectively.
Ford Motor had a moderate price increase in May, which reduced the amount of the 2005 boosts. The May boosts amounted to $90 for Ford Division, $66 for Mercury and $121 for Lincoln, an Automotive News analysis found.
Elsewhere in pricing, Mercedes-Benz raised stickers 0.79 percent. Ford's Jaguar brand raised its X-Type models $650 to $1,000 and added a wagon to the lineup.
The Mercedes-Benz increase to start the new model year averaged $457, or 0.79 percent. The company held the line on the C class, its best-selling series. Only the tiny-volume AMG performance model went up. It was raised $2,500.
Jaguar added $1,000 to the price of the X-Type 2.5-liter and $650 to the 3.0 liter. Both are V-6s. The X-Type 3.0 Sport is priced as a separate model for 2005. At $37,945, it is $800 more than last year's 3.0-liter sedan with the Sport option.
New to the X-Type lineup are the Sportwagon, Jaguar's first venture into that type of vehicle, and the VDP Edition sedan.
Jaguar calls the VDP "a response to customer requests for more luxury features in their X-Types."
The Sportwagon is $36,995, and the VDP is $38,745.
All prices in this report include the destination charge.