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Caliber one of top ten new vehicles sold under “Cash for Clunkers” program

by Bill Cawthon on

The latest statistics released by the Department of Transportation show the Dodge Caliber is No. 8 among the top new vehicles purchased by consumers under the Car Allowance Rebate System as of August fifth.

Chrysler vehicles also rank high among those vehicles traded in with 4-wheel-drive Jeep Grand Cherokees, 4-wheel-drive Jeep Cherokees and Dodge Caravans making the top ten.

As of August 5, 184,304 claims totaling $775.2 million had been submitted. Of those claims, 10.6 percent were for purchases of Chrysler vehicles. American vehicles accounted for 45.3 percent of new vehicle sales with General Motors getting the lion’s share of 18.7 percent. Toyota took the second-largest share with 17.9 percent.

Top Ten 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

Top Ten Trade-ins
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

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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