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  • Clunkers

    Last year, we reported on a scheme aimed at helping Colorado car owners get their dirtiest vehicles off the road. The Clear the Air Foundation and ReForest Colorado aimed to plant a tree for every polluting old vehicle donated--cleaning up the air in more ways than one. The scheme is now doing rather well, Wards Auto reports. Clear the Air Foundation, started by the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, has removed 645 of the highest-emitting vehicles from the road. The vast majority of these were trade-ins at Colorado's new-car dealers--neatly incentivizing the scheme for customers, who...

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    Trees For Trade-Ins Programs Junk Gas Guzzlers, Plant Trees

    A new scheme in the UK offers to plant dozens of trees whenever someone recycles their old car through the program. Called "Scrap Car, Plant Tree", it's aimed at getting people to donate their old, inefficient vehicles to raise money for the creation of inner-city "green spaces". According to...

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    Coloradans: Donate An Old Polluting Car, Get A Tree Planted

    While it's not quite the 2009 Cash for Clunkers program, it's a nice gesture with a clear mission: get the most polluting cars off Colorado roads. If you're a Coloradan who owns a pre-1990 car, donate it to the Clear the Air Foundation and the ReForest Colorado program will plant a tree in an area...

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    Clunkers Program Worked, Didn't Hurt Car Sales, Study Says

    A new study concludes that last summer's government-funded "Cash For Clunkers" program didn't hurt car sales rates in future months, and in fact did just what it set out to do: get old, low-mileage cars off the road and stimulate auto sales in the U.S. An analysis by Maritz Research refutes one of...

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    To Boost Gas-Free Car Sales, Make $7,500 Tax Credit a Rebate

    Speakers throughout today's Electric Drive Transportation Association conference agree: Plug-in electric cars that use little or no gasoline are coming. It's no longer an "if", it's now a "when." To help boost early adoption of cars that run mostly or entirely on grid power, the Federal government...

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    Most Popular Posts of 2009: Prius Perks, VW Golf TDI, Ethanol & Urine!

    Maybe you're already overloaded with end-of-year lists. But indulge us; this is the weirdest collection of most-popular articles we could ever have imagined. We've got urine. We've got Muslims and ethanol. We've got hybrid Ferraris. We've even got our ever-popular rant on why Miles-Per-Gallon is a...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius

    As global demand remains high for the 50-MPG 2010 Toyota Prius, stocks of the car at U.S. dealers are down to a one-week supply, which is all but sold out. A normal supply is considered to equal 60 days' worth of sales. Sales of the 2010 Prius spiked in late July and August, due to a combination of natural demand for the all-new version and the effects of the "Cash-For-Clunkers" program that gave car buyers credits for replacing old, low-mileage cars with new, more fuel efficient models. But the shortages continued through September,  and new Toyota president Akio Toyoda has initiated a...

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    August U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales Hit Highest MPG Since $4 Gasoline

    Thanks to the strong financial incentives offered by the Cash-For-Clunkers program, the average gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. during August reached a record high: 23 miles per gallon, up 8 percent from the 21.2 mpg in August 2008. The calculations were done by the trade journal...

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    2010 Toyota Prius Price-Gouging Pops Up

    We've just read some nice investigative reporting by DailyTech's Jason Mick on a well-known but infuriating phenomenon: auto dealer price gouging, in this case on the sought-after 2010 Toyota Prius. We're far from the only outlet to note that the Cash-For-Clunkers plan boosted sales of the 2010...

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    Want a Cash-For-Clunkers Rebate? Do It RIGHT NOW. Today!

    OK, kids, this is it. If you have a clunker and you want to trade it in and get a $3,500 or $4,500 rebate for a new vehicle under the Car Allowance Rebate Systems (CARS) program ... STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING. Do it right now, today, and get to your dealer no later than 4 pm. Today. But call first, to...

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    BREAKING: Cash-For-Clunkers May Be Over, Out Of Money, Kaput

    As we enter the news day on Thursday, it appears that the "Cash For Clunkers" program could well be out of cash. The National Association of Auto Dealers (NADA) asked the US government to suspend the program as of midnight last night, and warned dealers they are at risk of not getting reimbursed if...

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    2010 Ford Transit Connect Small Delivery Van Selling Well

    Today seems to be Ford day; this morning's e-mail included a news release on the early sales success of the 2010 Ford Transit Connect small delivery van, just while we're in the middle of writing up our four days of travel in a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid. We first drove the 2010 Transit Connect in...

  • President Bill Clinton

    Though he's no longer in politics, former President Bill Clinton is still a busy guy. A week ago he was negotiating the release of reporters, Euna Lee and Laura Ling from North Korea. On Monday he stopped in Las Vegas at the National Clean Energy Summit. The summit focused on ideas to promote clean power and energy efficiency in the U.S. and Clinton had a number of them. Though the Cash for Clunkers program has drawn the ire of many environmentalists, it has been largely successful in getting people to trade their old gas-guzzlers for newer, more efficient vehicles. Clinton suggested...

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    Cashing In On Clunkers: Ford Faces Focus Famine

    Now that Congress has voted another $2 billion in funding for the Car Allowance Rebate Systems (CARS) program, better known as "Cash for Clunkers," the program's success means carmakers are starting to face shortages of their most popular high-mileage models. The latest manufacturer to face a...

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    2010 Toyota Prius: Solar Sunroof Smash Success, Hard To Get

    By now, anyone who's shopping for a 2010 Toyota Prius knows that Toyota's newest hybrid is a smash hit. Global demand is high, the company is making as many cars as it can get battery packs for, and the US Cash-for-Clunkers program has boosted sales of the new hybrid even above already-high demand...

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    2010 Honda Insight Sales To Fall Short of Goal?

    Before it launched in the US in March, the 2010 Honda Insight generated huge buzz. It was the "affordable hybrid," the "Prius killer," Honda's triumphant re-entry into the dedicated hybrid market it abandoned with the first generation Insight in 2006. So how's it going? Well, 2010 Insights are...

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    Clunkers Success: 2010 Toyota Prius Almost Sold Out

    Last Tuesday, we noted that sales of the 2010 Toyota Prius have soared due to the Cash-for-Clunkers program. In fact, it's the fourth most popular vehicle purchased to replace a clunker trade-in. The unexpected success of the Clunkers trade-in system, formally known as the Car Allowance Rebate...

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    Top Clunker Buys Compared: Toyota Corolla vs Ford Focus vs Honda Civic

    Thinking about trading in your clunker for a nice, new, fuel-efficient car? Take a breath; the first-week success of the Car Allowance Rebate Systems (CARS) program, better known as "Cash for Clunkers," looks to be continued at least through Labor Day. Last Friday, the US House of Representatives...

  • Clunkers

    As expected, the US Senate voted yesterday to add $2 billion more to the Car Allowance Rebate Systems (CARS) program--better known as "Cash for Clunkers". President Barack Obama is expected to sign it today. The vote approved a bill identical to the one passed last Friday by the US House of Representatives, before it recessed for August. The cash is expected to last roughly through Labor Day, and provide funds for roughly half a million additional clunker trade-ins. The Clunkers plan has been remarkably successful at getting consumers into car dealerships, and the program appeared to have run...

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    Clunker Dollars Data: Minnesota Wins, Mississippi Loses

    This morning's Detroit News lists the amount of cash each state has gotten thus far under the Car Allowance Rebate Systems (CARS) program, better known as "Cash for Clunkers". The paper notes, "Michigan ranks No. 1 in the nation ... with $34.4 million requested from the federal government as of...

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    2010 Toyota Prius Sales Soar, Boosted By Clunkers Cash

    Never let it be said US car buyers don't know a good deal when they see one. The Toyota Prius has become the fourth-most popular car purchased under the first 80,000 Cash-for-Clunkers vouchers processed by the US Department of Transportation. In fact, Toyota sold 19,173 Priuses during July, almost...

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    Cash For Clunkers: The Data On Why It's Working

    Who knew? Turns out Americans just needed a little nudge to visit their car dealers, but the promise of an extra $3,500 or more in incentives was enough to push car buyers over the hump and get them to trade in their clunkers. And how. As we reported Friday on our sister site TheCarConnection.com...

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    Killing Your Clunker Correctly: How a Dealer 'Disables' It

    The 135 pages of Cash-for-Clunkers regulations rules require the dealer who sells you your new, more fuel-efficient car to 'disable' the engine of your traded-in clunker. But how do those dealers actually destroy the engine? Three words: sodium silicate solution. It's a combination of water...

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    BMW Adds More Cash To Convince You To Buy Their Diesels

    Despite IRS tax credits and superior gas mileage figures, BMW is reportedly having a tough time selling its new diesels, the 2009 BMW 335d sports sedan and the 2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d (yes, that's really its name). We've thought from the beginning that Volkswagen would be the big winner in selling...

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