crazy increases in a year

For several months, manufacturers have been revising their price range upwards due to shortages of components. Auto-Moto takes stock of the increase in 15 representative models of the French market.

For several months, manufacturers have had a heavy hand on price increases. Crisis in semiconductors and raw materials, electrification and increasingly widespread but also more expensive driving aid technologies… The explanations are quite numerous. Consequently, the portfolio of motorists is even more affected, he who is already seriously burdened by other fixed costs such as insurance, gasoline, parking or tolls.

When writing Auto-Moto, we therefore asked ourselves what was the order of magnitude of this inflation which affects the price of new cars. We therefore compared the purchase price of 15 new cars representative of the French market, of different brands and categories, to know their increase between spring 2021 and early June 2022.

The result is clear: a large majority of the vehicles selected have suffered an increase of more than €1,000 in less than a year. Of course, some models limit their increase to a few hundred euros, like Toyota and its hybrid Yaris which requires “only” 450 € more or Audi which asks 720 € more for its entry-level Q3. For a few French stars (Renault Clio, Peugeot 3008), the price hike is still relatively acceptable with an additional €1,200 required.

The removal of entry-level finishes, one of the reasons for the increase

For certain models such as the Dacia Sandero, the Citroën C3 Aircross or the Ford Fiesta, the increase is much more marked due to the removal of their entry-level finish. At Dacia, the city car therefore goes from €8,890 in the Access finish (removed from the catalog in July 2021) to €10,790 now. This represents a 21% increase. Ditto for the restyled Polo, which has lost its entry-level finish and is asking for nearly €3,200 more (+17%).

The Ford Fiesta goes even harder, with a price displayed at €20,290 now in Titanium Business finish (new entry-level), i.e. more than €5,000 increase (+ 39%) compared to the €14,600 required before. restyling, with the same 75 hp 1.1 engine. And the prize for the most significant increase in our selection goes to Volvo, which has increased the prices of its XC60 by €9,600 for its new entry-level Start. Admittedly, the level of equipment is very slightly higher, but that may not justify such an additional cost.

Differences depending on the engines

We also found that brands sometimes keep an almost identical access price but sharply increase the prices of certain engines or versions. This is the case of Mercedes with its E-Class, which “only” asks €1,000 more for the E 200 and E 220d thermal engines but increases the gasoline and diesel plug-in hybrid units by €4,800 each in one year. The E-Class 300 e (petrol PHEV) therefore starts from €68,250 today.

Photos: DR, F.Bolusset.

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