'Cash For Clunkers': A Closer Look So far, 8 in 10 of the vehicles traded in under the government's "cash for clunkers" program have been trucks. The three Detroit automakers' nameplates have accounted for 45 percent of the new-car sales. Explore an interactive map showing the states in which the trade-in program has been the most popular.
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'Cash For Clunkers': A Closer Look

President Obama signed into law a $2 billion extension for the popular "cash for clunkers" program Friday morning. The program gives new-car buyers up to $4,500 toward their purchase if they trade in a less fuel-efficient car or truck. So far, 8 in 10 of the vehicles traded in have been trucks. The three Detroit automakers' nameplates have accounted for 45 percent of the new-car sales.

Rebate Vouchers Requested Per Capita, By State

Notes

1. Data as of Aug. 5, 2009.<br />2. There were no participating auto dealers in Washington, D.C.

Top 10 Trade-In Vehicles

  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

Top 10 New Vehicles Purchased

  1. Toyota Corolla
  2. Ford Focus FWD
  3. Honda Civic
  4. Toyota Prius
  5. Toyota Camry
  6. Hyundai Elantra
  7. Ford Escape FWD
  8. Dodge Caliber
  9. Honda Fit
  10. Chevrolet Cobalt

Average Fuel Economy

  • New-Vehicles Mileage: 25.3 miles per gallon
  • Trade-in Mileage: 15.8 miles per gallon
  • Overall Increase: 9.6 miles per gallon, or a 61 percent improvement