The Toyota Corolla is the No. 1 vehicle purchased under the cash-for-clunkers program, federal administrators say in releases touting the greening of American roads.
No, Edmunds.com says. The top clunker-program purchase is the Ford Escape crossover. The Corolla is No. 5, right behind the Ford F-150 full-sized pickup.
Edmunds.com's top 10 has three crossovers, two pickups and five small or mid-sized sedans. The feds' top 10 has eight cars, two crossovers and no pickups.
Why the difference?
In the government's list, each vehicle with a different drivetrain is counted separately. No. 8, for example, is the Escape with front-wheel drive. The four-wheel-drive Escape is counted separately.
Add up all versions of the Escape, Edmunds.com says, and it tops the list.
That's not the only difference. While the government's database covers all submitted clunker deals, the feds have not released unit sales for the vehicles on its top 10. And the government hasn't released a full list of vehicles in clunker transactions beyond those 10.
Last week, Automotive News requested the complete data under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Clunkers administrators say they'll respond within 20 business days.