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Hondas Top the Most Stolen Vehicle List in 2013

Older vehicles typically targeted by thieves.

by on Aug.20, 2014

The 1994 Honda Accord is still popular among car thieves. It topped the 2013 list of most stolen vehicles.

Not only do people buy a lot Honda Accords and Civics each year, apparently thieves also steal a lot of them too as the pair topped this year’s most stolen vehicle list.

The vehicles are consistently among the top five vehicles stolen each year, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and its annual “Hot Wheels” report. Last year, 53,995 Accords and 45,001 Civic sedans were stolen.

Beyond the Headlines!

If you just bought a new Accord, do not panic: it’s primarily models built before 1997, according to statistics, that are stolen. (more…)

U.S. Sales Top Ten Seller List

The Elantra puts the Korean maker Hyundai in the elite sales group for the first time.

by on Sep.02, 2009

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It's been a long time coming but the Koreans have made it into the Top Ten for the first time ever.

The Korean automaker Hyundai clearly benefitted from U.S. taxpayer cash in August as its sales increased 47% from the year before.

Perhaps more significant is the movement of the Elantra model into the Top Ten U.S. seller list for the first time by jumping up seven places. The compact, fuel efficient car is no stripper either. Asking prices range from $15,000 to $20,000, and 21,000 of them were delivered during the month, twice the number of the comparable period in 2008.

Though its engine still uses a cast iron block and Elantra isn‘t the most sophisticated or quiet small car, the Korean import has an EPA rating of 25 city and 33 highway and has been supported by clever marketing campaigns all year long. Eight of the ten vehicles that saw the most Clunker sales were from offshore brands.

The other vehicles on the Top Ten list are the usual best sellers, although the list shuffled a bit to reflect the strong preference for cars by the many shoppers who were converted into buyers. It didn’t help that two of the strong players in the truck business, General Motors and Chrysler, were newly emerged from bankruptcy and with their plants either shut down or just coming back up as the sales frenzy began.

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