Cash For Clunkers Program Shows Interesting Data
By Brendan Moore
You might be curious about which vehicles are being purchased by customers under the “Cash For Clunkers” program, as we were.
Now that break-out is here, courtesy of the federal government.
The U.S. Transportation Department has slaked that thirst for information by releasing a list of the top vehicles purchased and the top vehicles traded in through the program so far.
Top 10 vehicles retailed under the Cash-For-Clunkers program, according to the U.S. Transportation Department:
(1) Ford Focus
(2) Toyota Corolla
(3) Honda Civic
(4) Toyota Prius
(5) Toyota Camry
(6) Ford Escape
(7) Hyundai Elantra
(8) Dodge Caliber
(9) Honda Fit
(10) Chevrolet Cobalt
Top-10 trade-ins under the Cash-For-Clunkers Program:
(1) Ford Explorer 4-wheel drive
(2) Ford F-150 pickup 2-wheel drive
(3) Jeep Grand Cherokee 4-wheel drive
(4) Jeep Cherokee 4-wheel drive
(5) Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan 2-wheel drive
(6) Chevrolet Blazer 4-wheel drive
(7) Ford Explorer 2-wheel drive
(8) Ford F-150 pickup 4-wheel drive
(9) Chevrolet C1500 pickup 2-wheel drive
(10) Ford Windstar minivan 4-wheel drive
As you can see, the trade-in list is populated with trucks, SUVs and minivans, and the list of cars purchased is mainly populated with economy cars. There is a small SUV on the “purchased” list; the Ford Escape, but it should be noted that the Escape is available in a hybrid version that gets very good fuel economy, although the Escape sales are not broken out by gas/hybrid version.
A similar situation exists with the Toyota Camry; a car that is available with a gasoline V6, a gasoline four-cylinder and a hybrid powerplant. There is no break-out for which mode of power available in the Camry sold the most units under “Cash For Clunkers”.
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