December 20, 2007

Honda Civic tops list of most frequently-stolen vehicles in Canada

Toronto, Ontario – The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has released its annual report of most-frequently stolen vehicles, with the 1999 and 2000 Honda Civic SiR topping the list for the third year in a row. The two models also appear at numbers three and five on the report of highest theft claims costs per vehicle, a list topped by the 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STi.

In order, the top ten stolen vehicles were:

  • 1. 1999 Honda Civic SiR
  • 2. 2000 Honda Civic SiR
  • 3. 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX/WRX STi
  • 4. 1999 Acura Integra
  • 5. 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan/Plymouth Grand Voyager
  • 6. 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan AWD/1994 Plymouth Grand Voyager AWD
  • 7. 1994 Dodge Caravan/Plymouth Voyager
  • 8. 1998 Acura Integra
  • 9. 2000 Audi TT Quattro
  • 10. 1994 Dodge Shadow/Plymouth Sundance

As in previous years, none of the top ten had an electronic immobilizer meeting the Canadian national standard, which requires the immobilizer to cut circuits to the starter, ignition and fuel. New legislation requires that all new cars, vans, light trucks and SUVs built on or after September 1, 2007 and sold or imported into Canada must be equipped with an approved electronic immobilizer.

“We all know that immobilizers are effective at reducing auto theft,” said Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigations, IBC. “Honda Civics are a good example. Newer-year models in which Honda did install immobilizers meeting the National Standard of Canada appear much lower on the list.”

IBC investigations and the recovery of stolen vehicles indicate that organized auto theft rings are targeting high-end or desirable vehicles with the intention of exporting them overseas or chopping them up for parts. Newer four-wheel drive vehicles are also increasing in theft frequency; IBC investigators have observed that these are often exported to countries with rough terrain, such as in the Middle East and Africa. IBC is urging the federal government to pass Bill C-343, which would act as a deterrent by making auto theft a separate offense under the Criminal Code.

Among the top ten least-stolen vehicles, nine were in a tie for first place: the 2003 Buick Le Sabre, 2003 Cadillac DeVille, 2002 Ford Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis, 2000 Saturn SW1 Wagon, 2000 Lincoln Continental, 2000 Volvo S70, 1998 Hyundai Accent, 1997 Buick Regal and 1996 Buick Park Avenue. The tenth spot on the list went to the 2001 Toyota Highlander 2WD.

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