18 expedition media 07
Full-Size SUV: Ford Expedition
Credit: Ford

October 10, 2019 - IRVINE, Calif. - 
 /PRNewswire/ - The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book reports the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $37,590 in September 2019New-vehicle prices increased $262 (up 0.6%) from September 2018, while increasing $215 (up 0.7%) from last month.  

"Transaction prices are still strong, but the growth has almost stalled, as retail demand is weakening," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "Despite automakers pulling back their production this year, it may not be fast enough. Incentives are rising, averaging about 10.5% of average transaction prices and nearing levels from 2017 when industry sales saw their first decline since the recession. SUVs and trucks are still performing well, as recent model launches are pushing sales and average prices up. This is even better news in that these units are usually more profitable for automakers."

auto2

American Honda fell for the third straight month, as Acura prices fell 5% while Honda was down 2%. Most Acura models saw declines for the month with the MDX seeing a 7% decline, while Honda fell due to the Clarity, down 6%, and the Ridgeline, down 5%. The refreshed HR-V continued to do well, climbing 3%.

Hyundai Kia had very impressive gains in September as average prices rose nearly 8%. The Hyundai brand saw the biggest improvement at 8%, due to the new Palisade SUV and the Kona EV, which rose 7%. Kia was up 6% in September, lifted by the new Telluride SUV and the redesigned Soul, up 5%.

auto1

For more information and news from Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com, visit www.kbb.com/media/, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kelleybluebook (or @kelleybluebook), like our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kbb, and follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kbb_com/ (or @kbb_com).

About Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry. Each week the company provides market-reflective values on its top-rated website KBB.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In Values and Kelley Blue Book® Price Advisor tool, which provides a range for what consumers can reasonably expect to pay for a vehicle in their area. Car owners looking to sell immediately can also get a redeemable, transaction-ready offer with Kelley Blue BookSM Instant Cash Offer. The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies, and governmental agencies. Kelley Blue Book is a Cox Automotive brand.

About Cox Automotive
Cox Automotive Inc. makes buying, selling, owning and using cars easier for everyone. The global company's 34,000-plus team members and family of brands, including Autotrader®, Clutch Technologies, Dealer.com®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, VinSolutions®, vAuto® and Xtime®, are passionate about helping millions of car shoppers, 40,000 auto dealer clients across five continents and many others throughout the automotive industry thrive for generations to come. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., a privately-owned, Atlanta-based company with revenues exceeding $20 billion. coxautoinc.com
Source: Kelley Blue Book