Aug 20, 2009

Clunkers program boosts sales of Japanese cars

The cash-for-clunkers program, designed to help Detroit’s embattled carmakers, is turning out to be an even bigger boon for their Japanese rivals.

According to data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday, Americans are using the clunker program to buy more vehicles from Toyota than any of the three Detroit carmakers.

The top models bought since the scheme began on July 24 are the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Ford Focus, all small sedans. Three of the top five are Toyotas.