6 Jul 2015

Honda model prized by thieves

10:32 am on 6 July 2015

A mid-sized Japanese car made by Honda has topped the list of the most often stolen cars for the fourth straight year.

The Honda Torneo, according to AA Insurance, could be considered the unluckiest car in the country.

"It's the probability of them being stolen that's far greater than any other car we insure," said AA Insurance customer relations manager Amelia Macandrew.

The Dog & Lemon Guide says the Honda Torneo, made between 1997 and 2003, is the same as a Honda Accord, albeit with a slightly different appearance.

Honda Torneo

The Honda Torneo could be the unluckiest car Photo: Wikimedia Commons

AA Insurance says overall car thefts have been relatively consistent over the last three years - 49,935 were taken in 2012, 48,375 in 2013 and 49,121 last year.

Top 10 stolen cars, based on claims to AA Insurance:

  • Honda Torneo
  • Mazda Familia
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Mitsubishi Libero
  • Nissan Safari
  • Honda Integra
  • Subaru Forester
  • Nissan Stagea
  • Mazda Atenza
  • Mazda Premacy

While the Subaru Impreza remained a popular target, it was knocked back to third place by thieves who would rather go after the Mazda Familia.

Other Mazda models, the Atenza and the Premacy, also featured though not the Mazda MPV this time.

The Nissan Safari, a large four-wheel drive, is a new entry this year along with the Nissan Stagea, which in turn has pushed the Nissan Cefiro and Sunny off the list.

AA Insurance says 92 percent of theft claims for models in the Top 10 list were for cars made more than 10 years ago, according to its data.

The average value of a stolen vehicle claim for a car from the Top 10 was $5120.