Auto News for July 12 – Most Stolen Car? The Huge Cost of Finding Parking

 The most stolen vehicles in the U.S. last year? The Honda Accord and Civic according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. They are older, pre-“smart key” production models. Since the introduction of smart keys and other anti-theft technology, Honda thefts have fallen precipitously. As the list of top 25 most stolen 2016 model year vehicles shows, there were only 493 thefts of Accords last year. While thefts are down dramatically since their all-time high in 1992, thousands of vehicles continue to be stolen each year because owners leave their keys or fobs in the vehicles.

 For 2016, the most stolen vehicles in the nation were:

1997 Honda Accord

1998 Honda Civic

2006 Ford F-150

2004 Chevrolet full size pickup

2016 Toyota Camry

2015 Nissan Altima

2001 Dodge full size pickup

2015 Toyota Corolla

2008 Chevrolet Impala

2000 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee

The top ten 2016 model year vehicles stolen were:

Toyota Camry

Nissan Altima

Toyota Corolla

Dodge Charger

Ford Fusion

Hyundai Sonata

GMC Sierra

Hyundai Elantra

Ford full size pickup

Ford Transit

“Taking the time to lock it up every time you leave it can save a whole lot of headache and expense in the long run,” the NICB said.

Parking got you down? You are not alone!

 INRIX Research combined the world’s largest parking database with survey results from nearly 6,000 drivers in 10 U.S. cities to reveal the cost of parking for drivers, cities and the economy. We spend an average of 17 hours per year searching for parking, resulting in a cost of $345 per driver in wasted time, fuel and emissions. New York City drivers endure the worst challenges searching for a parking spot. The City That Never Sleeps was followed by Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Seattle.

 “Americans spend an incredible $72.7 billion searching for the elusive parking spot,” said Bob Pishue, senior economist at INRIX. Sixty-three percent of the drivers surveyed said they avoid some destinations because of the challenge of finding parking, and two-thirds said they felt stressed trying to find a spot. (Really)?

 The North American International Auto Show, aka, the Detroit Show, will remain in Cobo Hall in the Motor City for the next eight years following the signing of a new contract.

 Meanwhile, Ford has signed on as sponsor of the Dream Cruise, an annual event on Woodward Avenue in the Detroit suburbs that brings out a huge selection of vintage and very well restored high performance cars. GM dropped its sponsorship of the event last month after six years.

2017 Dodge Viper ACR with Extreme Aero package.

 Fiat Chrysler will close its Conner Avenue Assembly plant in Detroit next month when production of the Dodge Viper comes to a close. FCA said 86 workers will be offered other jobs with the company. For those who have ever driven one, the Viper will be missed. What it did for your pulse rate was awesome!





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