Best of the Blogs, Transportation: Car Prices Came Down in April Compared to March
Ford and Toyota are also in the news.
The Wall Street Jouranl: Driver's Seat
Link: Buyers Paid Less for Cars in April than in March
"Consumers paid higher prices for new cars in April than a year earlier, but less than they paid in March. According to a survey from research and forecasting company TrueCar.com the average transaction price for light vehicles in the U.S. totaled $30,303 in April. The recent average is $1,219 or 4.2% higher than in April 2011 and down $445 or 1.4% compared with March 2012."
Link: Toyota Prius plug-in sells 1,654 copies in April beating Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf
"The Toyota (TM) Prius , the most popular hybrid in the world, was also the most popular plug-in vehicle in US last month.
"Compared to sales of the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan (NSANY.PK) Leaf, which sold 1,462 and 370 units, respectively, the $32,000 Prius Plug-in quietly sold 1,654 copies in April, reports PluginCars. With such strong name recognition and pent-up demand for a Prius with a cord, this shouldn't really have been a surprise. But it still kind of is."
The New York Times: Wheels
Link: Ford Focus ST is Priced Below $25,000
"New and refreshed rear-wheel-drive coupes like the Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S and Hyundai (HYMTF.PK) Genesis 2.0T have all but monopolized online chatter this spring at the $25,000 price point. Ford's (F) most compelling answer to this tech-savvy trio may not be a V-6 Mustang with a live rear axle, but the front-wheel-drive Focus ST, for which powertrain and pricing information was announced Tuesday."
National Journal: Transportation Experts Blog
Link: Environmentalists v. Infrastructurists
"With conferees scheduled to meet next week to begin hammering out a new transportation reauthorization, all eyes are now turning back to the legislative details: what are key points of contention and where is there room for compromise?
"We all know there will be a showdown over the Keystone XL pipeline. Let's not worry about that because there are no negotiations. Instead, let's look at another area that can and should be negotiated--the intersection between environmental backstops on transportation and the need to speed up infrastructure projects."
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