AA Insurance has revealed New Zealand's most stolen cars, with the Honda Torneo being the most targeted car, retaining the number one spot since its debut on the list in 2010.
"The Honda Torneo remains at Number One and is the only Honda this year," says AA Insurance customer relations manager Amelia Macandrew.
"Honda Torneos were almost twice as likely to be stolen as all other vehicles on the list."
AA Insurance's own claims data shows the Mazda Familia in second position, followed by the Mazda Demio.
Thieves generally prefer older vehicles, the insurance company says, because they tend to have less sophisticated security features and are often easier to steal.
Ninety-six percent of theft claims for models in the Top 10 list were for cars manufactured more than 10 years ago and the average value of a stolen vehicle claim from the list is NZ$3,940 (US$2,875), according to AA Insurance's claims data.
Ms Macandrew says, while older cars are potential targets, new owners should not be complacent. She says ways to prevent a theft can include installing an alarm, a steering lock or considering a visible immobiliser.
"Thieves will always go for the easiest, fastest option, so it pays to make it harder for them, so they're not tempted," she says.
The car models that rank among the 10 most stolen in the country, based on AA Insurance claims data from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017, are:
- Honda Torneo
- Mazda Familia
- Mazda Demio
- Subaru Impreza
- Nissan Sunny
- Nissan Cefiro
- Mazda Atenza
- Subaru Forester
- Nissan Terrano
- Mazda Capella