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News   May 13, 2013   by CARS Magazine

Average vehicle transaction prices fell in 2012, says DesRosier

An analysis by DesRosier Automotive Consultants of transaction prices as calculated from Statistics Canada data provides some insight into these dynamics, and shows an erosion of average transaction prices at the national level in 2012. Vehicle transaction prices are influenced by a number of variables including both the competitive pricing environment of the automotive market, and the changing segment shifts and model preferences of consumers.


Vehicle transaction prices are influenced by a number of variables including both the competitive pricing environment of the automotive market, and the changing segment shifts and model preferences of consumers.

An analysis by DesRosier Automotive Consultants of transaction prices as calculated from Statistics Canada data provides some insight into these dynamics, and shows an erosion of average transaction prices at the national level in 2012.  Please note that the averages listed here include high value HD truck sales.

Average transaction prices stayed relatively neutral among passenger cars in 2012. The average cost of a new car in 2012 was $26,755, an increase of 0.4 percent over 2011. New passenger cars manufactured in North America traded at an average value 1.0 percent below that observed in 2011, while transaction prices of those manufactured in Japan grew by 4.1 percent. As greater proportions of mainstream Japanese-branded vehicle manufacturing move onshore every year, the remaining Japanese imports are increasingly luxury-segmented vehicles sold at higher price points.

Prices of passenger cars imported from other production locations (i.e., Europe and Korea) increased 2.4 percent to $35,312.

New trucks (including all segments, from minivans to heavy duty) charted an average transaction value of $38,182 in 2012, down 0.6 percent from 2011. Trucks manufactured in North America declined in price by an average of 0.9 percent while those imported from overseas production locations increased by an average of 0.9 percent.

www.desrosiers.ca


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