Toyota Corolla Overtakes Ford Focus for Top Cash-for-Clunkers Purchases

toyota corolla overtakes ford focus for top cash for clunkers purchases

The Toyota Corolla has overtaken the Ford Focus as the first choice for American consumers trading their government-approved clunker for a federally subsidized new whip. According to Department of Transportation stats, ToMoCo has now captured three of the top five slots on the Cash for Clunkers (a.k.a. C.A.R.S.) hit list (previous version here) : Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Prius, and Toyota Camry. Or as, the official release puts it, “Four of the top ten selling vehicles are manufactured by the Big Three. Of non-Big Three purchases, preliminary analysis suggests that well over half of these new vehicles were manufactured in the United States.” Did they mention that the “foreign nameplates” are produced in the U.S.? They did not. Nor did they offer a similar analysis of the country of origin for the trade-ins. Guess what percentage of the Cash for Clunkers trade-ins are American brands?

Correct. 100 percent. Here’s the list:

1. Ford Explorer 4WD


2. Ford F150 Pickup 2WD


3. Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD


4. Jeep Cherokee 4WD


5. Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan 2WD


6. Ford Explorer 2WD


7. Chevrolet Blazer 4WD


8. Ford F150 Pickup 4WD


9. Chevrolet C1500 Pickup 2WD


10. Ford Windstar FWD Van

OK, so here’s the money shot: the stats that convinced House Speaker Nany Pelosi that the Cash for Clunkers program was green enough for her valley.

Average Fuel Economy

New vehicles Mileage: 25.3 MPG


Trade-in Mileage: 15.8 MPG.


Overall increase: 9.6 MPG, or a 61% improvement

Cars purchased under the program are, on average, 21% above the average fuel economy of all new cars currently available, and 63% above the average fuel economy of cars that were traded in. This means the program is raising the average fuel economy of the fleet, while getting the dirtiest and most polluting vehicles off the road.

And if that’s not enough reason to justify another $2 billion in federal funding for the Cash for Clunkers program, check out the geographical spread. There isn’t a politician in these here United States whose dealers haven’t benefitted from the program. As well they should; this is their bailout.

ALABAMA: $7,087,000


ALASKA: $1,166,000


ARIZONA: $6,527,500


ARKANSAS: $4,455,000


CALIFORNIA: $39,926,500


COLORADO: $7,758,000


CONNECTICUT: $8,916,000


DELAWARE: $1,562,000


FLORIDA: $26,947,000


GEORGIA: $12,469,500


HAWAII: $963,500


IDAHO: $3,395,000


ILLINOIS: $33,740,000


INDIANA: $18,729,500


IOWA: $12,184,500


KANSAS: $9,729,000


KENTUCKY: $9,178,000


LOUISIANA: $5,400,000


MAINE: $5,450,000


MARYLAND: $11,757,000


MASSACHUSETTS: $13,844,500


MICHIGAN: $44,399,500


MINNESOTA: $30,182,500


MISSISSIPPI: $2,431,500


MISSOURI: $16,101,500


MONTANA: $1,732,500


NEBRASKA: $7,392,000


NEVADA: $2,009,000


NEW HAMPSHIRE: $5,474,500


NEW JERSEY: $13,744,500


NEW MEXICO: $2,366,000


NEW YORK: $32,440,000


NORTH CAROLINA: $18,472,000


NORTH DAKOTA: $3,302,000


OHIO: $37,653,000


OKLAHOMA: $7,532,000


OREGON: $10,229,500


PENNSYLVANIA: $32,994,000


RHODE ISLAND: $2,392,000


SOUTH CAROLINA: $7,164,000


SOUTH DAKOTA: $4,033,500


TENNESSEE: $11,117,000


TEXAS: $35,010,000


UTAH: $5,095,000


VERMONT: $2,376,000


VIRGINIA: $18,376,500


WASHINGTON: $12,351,000


WEST VIRGINIA: $2,769,500


WISCONSIN: $24,042,000


WYOMING: $530,000

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  • Omoikane Omoikane on Aug 07, 2009

    Canucknucklehead, "The Corolla isn’t an import anyway, not under NAFTA rules. Some were built at the soon to be closed NUMMI plant in California but the majority are from Cambridge, Ontario" NUMMI makes more Corollas then Cambridge (if one doesn't include the Matrix under Corolla numbers), 200k versus about 140k. "With the closure of NUMMI, all North American Corollas will come from Canada." Actually, if you'd check last month Toyota numbers, you'd notice about 10% of them came from outside North America. Most likely Takaoka plant in Japan. If NUMMI would close, there is no way Cambridge alone (with a capacity of 200k-220k Corolla/Matrix)be able to satisfy demand. At 12 million SAAR, the NA Corolla/Matrix demand would be over 400k/y. Even if they would move Matrix to Woodstock (80k-100k), they would still need to bring about 100k/year Corollas from Takaoka. "A second shift is being added to the RAV 4 plant in Woodstock to replace NUMMI and the Cambridge plant is having it’s capacity increased." Do you have some link, or is that hear-say? How fast and by how much could Cambridge capacity increase? I wouldn't count on getting more then 220k on a sustainable basis out of Cambridge anytime soon, IMO. Even 220k would be a stretch, but maybe possible based on streamlining by sending Matrix to Woodstock and not having to deal with 3 car models (Corolla, Matrix, Matrix 4WD.

  • Baja Baja on Aug 18, 2009

    I've put 100K miles on my 2005 Matrix and love it. It is actually a Corolla that was redesigned. I do miss the cushy minivan highway-riding vehicle I had previously when taking trips over 500 miles but then I added a great after-market back-supporting cushion system. I was surprised that my Matrix, not having that minivan suspension, barely wears tires, doesn't need realignment, doesn't sock me with expensive bushings and crap and is a breeze to change my own oil. It is fun to drive, takes me to the snow every weekend in winter, allows me to put the seats down flush and camp in it, carry large things from home depot and has pretty good storage. This car is an economic champ.

  • Chris Tonn @maintenancecosts stay tuned. An XC90 Recharge arrived this week.
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  • SCE to AUX Of course it's dead, as are most live meetings any more.Covid was the catalyst that killed off the live meeting paradigm forever. In my office, we now have Teams meetings amongst participants who are all in the building. It's just not worth the trouble to schedule a conference room and hunt people down to see if they can be present.To paraphrase Madonna (with an update), we're living in a virtual world.
  • FreedMike Kudos to Chris for making an uninteresting car interesting to read about.
  • FreedMike Alfa had its’ shot in this market, and it didn’t work out. Of course, based on Alfa’s horrid history of reliability record, scathing quality related reports like this one certainly didn’t help. Yes, the base models weren’t that bad, but this kind of atrocious press was the worst possible thing for a brand that got drummed out of this market over quality issues. Besides, Dodge is a LOT more viable in this market than Alfa Romeo. Let the Europeans have Alfas.
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