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Best of the Blogs, Transportation: Car Prices Came Down in April Compared to March


Ford and Toyota are also in the news.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful financial commentary on transportation from around the Web each day. Use our comments section to post your own suggestions for blog content that you've read or written.

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 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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