1995 Saturn is Most Stolen Car in Nation
The 1995 Saturn SL was the nation’s most-stolen vehicle last year based on thefts versus the number of models registered, but hot-selling cars from Asian manufacturers remain popular targets, a new report shows, according to a report in the Associated Press on May 25. One out of every 200 registered 1995 Saturn SLs was stolen in 2003, placing it ahead of the 1998 Acura Integra and the 1994 Saturn SL as the vehicle thieves targeted most, according to Chicago-based CCC Information Services Inc., an insurance industry tracker of trends in theft and vehicle damage. CCC changed the way it calculated its list for 2003, combining stolen-vehicle data with vehicle registrations from R.L. Polk & Co. to determine the rate of theft as a percentage of registered models. In the past, it has reported only the brand and model year of those vehicles pilfered the most. “We can’t determine the exact reason thieves prefer some vehicles, but our data suggests some cars are stolen for the value of their parts, which may explain why we often see a ‘clustering’ effect with (specific) models from sequential model years,” said Mary Jo Prigge, CCC’s president of sales and service. Saturn spokeswoman Sue Holmgren said the brand, a division of General Motors Corp., had no internal data showing high theft rates, but she noted the automaker has made significant changes to its ignition system since 1995. One enhancement is a feature that disables the vehicle’s fuel supply if it’s started without a key.