The Ford Focus isn't the only vehicle to have its production increased as a result of Cash for Clunkers. The government trade-in incentive program has resulted in a marked increase in demand for vehicles of all shapes and sizes, prompting many automakers to increase production in order to meet surging demand. But while the Obama Administration will be happy to see vehicles with particularly high MPG ratings on the list – American cars in particular – the top sellers are as diverse as the industry itself.

Ford's Escape and Edge crossovers will share increased production runs with the Focus, as will the Ranger pickup and Lincoln's MKX. Ford's Japanese subsidiary is diverting more new Mazda3s and Mazda5 minivans to the United States while increasing local production of the Mazda6. Toyota, whose Corolla is edging out the Focus as the top C4C seller, is increasing production on an unspecified number of vehicles, while extra shifts at Honda's American plants will boost production of the Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, Accord V6, Element and CR-V. Meanwhile, Volkswagen reports increased demand under C4C for diesel Jettas especially, but says that supply is keeping up with demand, and General Motors has announced it is putting 1,350 back to work to keep up with demand for cars like the Chevrolet Cobalt.

[Source: Automotive News – subs. req'd | Image: Scott Olson/Getty]

Help us improve our comments.
Share This Photo X