Not even the most optimistic greens could have predicted that the federal government’s cash-for-clunkers program would work this well more than 240,000 Americans have traded in their clunkers so far, and the program has already burned through its first round of funding. But green groups were a bit wary of cash for clunkers at the outset, concerned that the legislation’s requirements on fuel economy were too lax. Under the program, newly purchased passenger cars must have a minimum fuel-economy rating of 22 miles per gallon hardly superefficient and they need to be only 4 m.p.g
The results from Cash for Clunkers are in: Compact cars and hybrids were top sellers under the government’s trade-in program, according to government data. The top-selling car was the Ford Focus, and the top three — including the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla — were compacts.
Danny Scott of Lutcher, Louisiana, said he’s thrilled about the new vehicle he purchased through the Cash for Clunkers program, but watch how you talk about his baby, the 1991 Ford F-150 he had to give up. “I told them [the salespeople] don’t call it a clunker,” Scott said of the maroon and red truck he had for almost 20 years.