Want to know the chances of your car getting stolen? The NICB (National Insurance Crime Bureau) has compiled a list of the top 10 most stolen vehicles of 2009 — hopefully yours isn’t one of them. The rusty 1994 Honda Accord and 1995 Civic, along with Toyota’s 1991 Camry came out on top. Several American cars made the list, including the 1997 Ford F-150 truck and the 2004 Dodge Ram pickup. Find the complete list after the jump….
Most Stolen Vehicles in the US in 2009:
1. 1994 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1991 Toyota Camry
4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
6. 2000 Dodge Caravan
7. 1994 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
8. 1994 Acura Integra
9. 2002 Ford Explorer
10. 2009 Toyota Corolla
Concerned for the safety of your car? Well the NICB’s has provided some tips on how to make sure your car doesn’t get in the wrong hands:
“Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys. It’s simple enough but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.
Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.
Immobilizing Device: Generally speaking, if your vehicle can’t be started, it can’t be stolen. “Kill” switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices which are extremely effective.
Tracking Device: A tracking device emits a signal to the police or to a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ “telematics” which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.”
Here Are The Most Googled Car Brands In Each Country
Toyota rules the world with a first place finish in 57 nations.
UK-based auto insurance company Veygo has put together an interesting map of the most Googled car brands in each country, and we think you’ll find it surprising.
At a glance, it’s apparent that very few countries favor their own domestic marques. Toyota was the most Googled make in the United States and Canada, while Volkswagen took Italy.
South Korea and Japan can’t get enough of BMW, China appears to have a love affair with Tesla, and the UK was most interested in Mercedes-Benz.
Germany, France, and Sweden were the only countries that stuck with their domestic brands, preferring Mercedes-Benz, Renault and Volvo, respectively.
Claiming the number one spot in 57 countries, Toyota was by far the most googled car brand globally, including in much of North America, sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, and central and southeast Asia. BMW came in second with a tally of 25, followed by Mercedes-Benz came in third with 23 countries.
You can check out the full map and spreadsheet by .
Is Ford Making A Mistake By Killing Its Cars?
Ford’s plan to kill off all but two of its car offerings could prove costly.
In early 2018, the American automaker announced that, with the exception of the Mustang and the slightly crossover-like Focus Active, it was giving up on sedans, hatchbacks, coupes and convertibles in the United States and Canada to focus on crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks. Well, a from Cox Automotive suggests that such a move might not bold well for the company.
Granted the survey’s sample size was small– of the 2,2697 participants, only 104 owned Ford vehicles — a good number of the current Ford owners said their next vehicle will likely not be a Ford, only ten percent said they would buy a new Ford crossover or SUV, only five percent said they would get a Ford Mustang, and only three percent said they would be interested in a Ford truck.
Most of the participants also stated that they were surprised by Ford’s decision to kill its cars and were even opposed to the idea.
The study highlights that he company has a lot of work to do to educate buyers about its new strategy. In an interview with Automotive News, Michelle Krebs, executive analyst with Autotrader, stated:
“Ford’s got some work to do in terms of clearing up the message to owners of these vehicles if they want any shot of keeping them. They need to do some educating.”
Naturally, Ford’s loss will be another automaker’s gain. According to Kelly Blue Book data, around 53 percent of Fusion owners that trade in their sedans already end up with a competing model like the Honda Accord, Honda CR-V, Toyota Camry or Toyota RAV4.
General Motors, in particular, is looking to cash in big on not only Ford’s decision to stop selling cars, but also on the overall decline in sedan sales. Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. vice president of sales operations, told Automotive News that sedans “typically offer very good safety, confort, fuel economy and a lower toal cost of ownership than other vehicle choices” and are therefore crucial to the company’s lineup.
What do you think — is it smart for Ford to stop making cars? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Move Over Porsche, Genesis Now The Most Appealing Car Brand
Genesis has unseated Porsche as the most appealing car brand in J.D. Power’s 2018 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout study (APEAL).
Based on nearly 68,000 responses from purchasers and lessees of 2018 model year vehicles, participants who were surveyed after 90 days of ownership, APEAL measures owners’ emotional attachment and level of excitement across 77 attributes. The 2018 study tallied significant gains for some automakers, most notably Genesis.
Hyundai’s premium brand tops the list for the first ever, not only knocking Porsche to the second spot but also beating the likes of BMW (3rd), Mercedes-Benz (5th), Audi (6th) and Lexus (10th). Lincoln fared well at the number four spot.
In the mass market segment, Chevrolet and GMC ranked highest. Ram came in third, followed by Dodge and Ford, respectively .
The biggest improvements came from Mitsubishi and then Dodge, Jeep, GMC and Chevrolet in that order.
Interestingly, sales powerhouses like Toyota, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, and Jeep all scored below the industry average, but we get the feeling the result will have little to no impact on their bottom line. Find the full list below, and let us know what you think in the comments.
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