SANTA MONICA, CA
-- Edmunds.com reports this week the average automotive manufacturer incentive in the U.S. was $2,483 per vehicle sold in June 2007, up $92, or 3.85 percent, from May 2007, and down $132, or 5.05 percent, from June 2006.
Among vehicle segments, minivans had the highest average incentives, $3,900 per vehicle sold, followed by large trucks at $3,864. Sport cars had the lowest average incentives per vehicle sold, $1,038, followed by compact cars at $1,047.
Analysis of incentives expenditures as a percentage of average sticker price for each segment shows minivans averaged the highest, 13.8 percent, followed by large cars at 13.2 percent of sticker price. Sport cars averaged the lowest, 3.6 percent, followed by luxury sports cars at 3.8 percent of sticker price.
"The flood of popular crossovers is taking its toll on the minivan segment – minivan incentives are at near record levels," commented Edmunds' AutoObserver.com Senior Editor Michelle Krebs. “It will be interesting to see how the minivan story plays out, with Ford and GM getting out of the market and Chrysler on the eve of introducing its new models.”
According to Edmunds.com, combined incentives spending for domestic manufacturers averaged $3,200 per vehicle sold in June 2007, up from $3,139 in May 2007. From May to June, European automakers decreased incentive spending by $230 to $3,108 per vehicle sold; Japanese automakers increased incentive spending by $163 to $1,484 per vehicle sold; and Korean automakers increased incentive spending by $39 to $1,554 per vehicle sold.
In June, the industry's aggregate incentive spending is estimated to have totaled approximately $3.8 billion, up from $3.7 billion in May. Chrysler, Ford and GM spent an aggregate of $2.6 billion, or 67.2 percent of the total; Japanese manufacturers spent $823 million, or 21.4 percent; European manufacturers spent $322 million, or 8.34 percent; and Korean manufacturers spent $119 million, or 3.1 percent.
"Of the ‘Big Six’ automakers, only Honda and Toyota have higher incentives than they did this time last year," stated Jesse Toprak, executive director of industry analysis for Edmunds.com. "The competitiveness of the marketplace seems to be catching up with the Japanese heavyweights.”