The U.S. government-backed Cash-for-Clunkers program in less than a month has bolstered energy conservation and led Ford Motor Co. to its first year-over-year monthly sales gain since November 2007, the auto maker’s top U.S. sales analyst says. “The (incentives) program was all about trading in SUVs built in the 1990s for small fuel-efficient vehicles built today,” says George Pipas, noting taking the gas-guzzling vehicles off the road will save 3 million-5 million barrels of crude oil per ...

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