Cars Replacing Clunkers Are Mostly Japanese

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2009 5:58 AM CDT
Thee showroom of Bay Ridge Toyota in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – The "cash for clunkers" program might be a boon for car dealers, but for American automakers the news isn't so good—four of the five top-selling cars in the program are Japanese. While the Ford Focus is the No. 1 seller, Toyota and Honda occupy the next four spots. The new vehicles get an average of 25.4 miles per gallon, while the traded-in cars—more than 80% of which were trucks and SUVs—get just 15.8 mpg.
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