According to the Obama administration,
domestic automakers made up 47% of new car sales under the Clunkers
program -- domestic auto manufacturers account for 45% of the overall
auto market according to the Detroit News. White House spokesman
Robert Gibbs detailed that the average "clunker" traded in
under the program was rated at 15.8 mpg while the average for the
replacement vehicle was 25.4 mpg.
Of the new, fuel efficient vehicles
purchased under the program, Ford
came out on top with its compact Focus according to the
Transportation Department. The Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Toyota
Prius, and Toyota Camry rounded out the top five. The top clunkers
traded in were the Ford Explorer, Ford F-150, Jeep Grand Cherokee,
Jeep Cherokee, and the Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan.
Not surprisingly, hybrid vehicle sales
were up 35% year-over-year in July thanks to the Clunkers program.
Toyota sold 19,193 Prius hybrids in July, while other models like the
Altima Hybrid and Escape Hybrid saw double-digit increases according
to Autoblog Green.
The success of Cash for Clunkers has
led lawmakers to push through legislation to replenish the funds for the program. The House has already passed legislation to
provide the additional $2 billion to the program. Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday that the Senate
will pass its version of the bill as well, much to President's
"This program is going forward. We
have enough money to continue. We encourage people to continue going
into showrooms," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "The
money will be there to be reimbursed by the dealer. And I believe the
Senate will pass $2 billion."
"This is the one stimulus program
that I believe has been the most popular," LaHood added.
The Detroit News now reports that the Toyota Corolla has jumped ahead of the Ford Focus in "Clunker" sales.