Top 10 Cars That Are Stolen The Most
While some of the best-selling cars in the U.S. also top the most frequently stolen list each year because of their sheer numbers, another look at the statistics reveals which cars by percentage sold are the most likely to by targeted by thieves.
According to data recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car most frequently stolen, based on the number of thefts per 1,000 vehicles sold during 2009, was the $92,000 Audi S8 sport/luxury sedan, with 8.81 thefts per 1,000 vehicles produced. That comes out to just two out of the 227 S8s that were sold in the U.S., so it’s hardly a widespread epidemic.
10. Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
The sportier two-door version of Mercedes' S-Class sedan was taken by thieves at the rate of 3.91 per 1,000 vehicles during 2009.
9. Cadillac STS
Buyers of the sporty Cadillac STS sedan were targeted by thieves to the tune of 4.28 per 1,000 units sold.
8. Infiniti M
The flagship sedans of the Infiniti line, the M35 and M45 were stolen during 2009 at the rate of 4.32 per 1,000 sold during 2009.
7. Chrysler 300
The stately Chrysler 300 sedan was stolen at the rate of 4.57 per 1,000 sold during 2009.
6. Mitsubishi Galant
The midsize Mitsubishi Galant sedan was popular among thieves during 2009, as 5.11 out of every 1,000 sold were stolen.
5. Honda S2000
No longer in production, the sleek Honda S2000 roadster was stolen at the rate of 5.60 per 1,000 units sold during 2009.
4. Dodge Charger
During 2009, 6.47 out of every 1,000 Dodge Chargers that were sold were reported stolen.
3. BMW M5
The racy M5 version of BMW's midsize sedan had a theft rate of 7.58 per 1,000 sold in 2009.
2. Ford Shelby GT
According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 8.61 out of 1,000 Ford Shelby GT sports cars produced were ultimately stolen during 2009.
1. Audi S8
The limited production V10-powered Audi S8 luxury sports sedan boasted the highest theft rate among all cars during 2009, with 8.81 thefts per 1,000 vehicles sold, though this amounts to just two out of a total of 227 units.