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New Car Prices Down $500 Year Over Year According To Kelley Blue Book New Japanese Car Prices Had Most Significant Decline in 2012

IRVINE, Calif., June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On average, consumers are paying $500 less for a new vehicle today compared to just one year ago, according to Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new car and used car information.  Low inventory levels are no longer suppressing new-vehicle sales as supply is meeting demand.  As a result, transaction prices, or Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Prices (the price consumers typically are paying for a car, based on actual new-vehicle transactions and updated weekly for changing market conditions), are considerably more affordable than this time last year.  The most significant year-over-year declines are for vehicles offered by Japanese brands, specifically those that were severely impacted by inventory shortages stemming from Japan's major earthquake in 2011.

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"The average Honda model is selling for nearly $1,200 less than this time last year, and a Subaru, Mazda or Toyota is approximately $700 to $800 more affordable.  Toyota and Honda have regained 4.5 and 2 percentage points of market share respectively through May 2012," said Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book.  "Compare this to the average year-over-year declines of less than $500 for Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, and it's no wonder the Japanese automakers have been able to considerably increase market share this year." 

Although the average year-over-year drop in Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price for new cars is sizable, there are a handful of models that are particularly affordable.  The 2012 Toyota Prius is down $2,500 year-over-year, while the 2012 Honda Accord and 2012 Nissan Sentra are down nearly $1,500.  Although it dropped $2,500 from this time last year, the Toyota Prius still sells at 95 percent of its original manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).  In June 2011, the Prius was selling at nearly 10 percent more than MSRP due to high fuel prices and nonexistent inventory.  These two issues no longer are driving up prices for the Prius and other fuel-efficient models. 

"The Honda Accord and Nissan Sentra can attribute their price decline to improved inventory levels, falling fuel prices and the expectation of a redesign for each model later this year," said Gutierrez.  "Although conditions in the global economy continue to deteriorate, consumers who are willing to pull the trigger on a new vehicle will find that there are plenty of deals available." 

Transaction Prices Fall: Year-Over-Year Change






KBB FPP


Incentives

Make

Model

Trim

MSRP

Jun-11

Jun-12

YoY

APR

Rebate

Toyota

Prius

One Hatchback 4D

$23,775

$25,150

$22,650

-$2,500

-

-

Toyota

Highlander

Sport Utility 4D

$31,655

$31,500

$29,500

-$2,000

0.9%

$750

Honda

Civic

LX Sedan 4D

$18,795

$18,800

$17,250

-$1,550

1.9%

-

Honda

Accord

LX Sedan 4D

$23,050

$21,800

$20,350

-$1,450

1.9%

-

Toyota

Corolla

LE Sedan 4D

$18,670

$18,600

$17,200

-$1,400

1.9%

$500

Nissan

Sentra

Sedan 4D

$17,210

$17,250

$16,000

-$1,250

0.9%

$1,000

Mazda

MAZDA3

i Sport Sedan 4D

$17,640

$17,300

$16,100

-$1,200

1.9%

-

Mazda

MAZDA6

i Sport Sedan 4D

$22,275

$21,000

$19,950

-$1,050

0.0%

-

Nissan

Maxima

S Sedan 4D

$33,200

$31,700

$30,650

-$1,050

0.0%

-

Subaru

Forester

2.5X Sport Utility 4D

$21,370

$19,800

$20,500

$700

0.9%

-


Note: FPP Represents Fair Purchase Price, the average price a consumer can expect to pay at a dealership

The table highlights MY2012 values compared to MY2011 at this time last year

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About Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)

Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the industry.  Each week the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website www.kbb.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In and Suggested Retail Values and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new cars this week.  The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies as well as governmental agencies.  Kbb.com provides consumer pricing and information on cars for sale, minivans, pickup trucks, sedan, hybrids, electric cars, and SUVs.  Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com ranked highest in its category for brand equity and was named Online Auto Shopping Brand of the Year by the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study.  Kelley Blue Book Co. Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AutoTrader.com.

SOURCE Kelley Blue Book



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