For some criminals, if you are thinking of even stealing something, you might as well think big. After all, the punishment is the same regardless of the type of car one steals.
Over a period of two years from 2010 up to 2012, the National Crime Information Center reported a total 4,384 luxury cars being stolen. That number is equivalent to an average of 1,461 luxury cars per year; or 122 per month; or more than four cars each day. That is a pretty high number, with the result being impacted tremendously by California, where around 25 percent of all thefts were reported. On the other end of the scale, Wyoming and South Dakota both registered only one luxury car theft during the entire period.
So which vehicles favored by the rich and famous do car thieves also favor? Here are the 10 most stolen luxury cars every year in the United States.
10. Mercedes Benz S Class
The Mercedes Benz S Class is a luxury sedan from the Giant German carmaker Mercedes Benz, which is a division of Daimler AG. The car first came out in 1954. The four-door sedan is assembled in factories in Germany, Mexico, Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand and India. The current top of the line model has a front engine layout with either a rear wheel or four wheel drive. It has a six-liter AMG V12 engine with power of up to 621 horsepower. The engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission system.
9. Lexus IS
The Lexus IS is an entry-level compact executive car from Toyota. The car was first released in 1998 and is assembled in Aichi and Fukuoka in Japan. Based on the XE platform, the car has an FR layout. The most recent generation has either a two-door convertible or four-door sedan body style. It boasts of a five-liter V8 engine mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
8. Acura TSX
The Acura TSX is an entry-level compact executive car from Honda. The car first came out in 2004 and is assembled in Sayama in Japan. Also called in some markets as the Honda Accord, the car has an FF layout and either a four-door sedan or five-door station wagon body style. The top of the line model has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with power of up to 280 horsepower. It is mated with a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
7. Lincoln MKZ
The Lincoln MKZ is a mid-size, entry-level luxury sedan from Ford Motor Company. The car was first introduced in the market in 2005. It is assembled in Mexico. Based on the Ford CD4 platform, the top of the line model has a 3.7-liter Duratec 37 V6 engine with an all-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission.
6. BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series is a mid-size executive car from the German carmaker BMW. The car was first released in 1972 and is assembled in plants in Germany, Egypt, Thailand, China, Malaysia, India and Indonesia. With an FR all-wheel drive layout, buyers can choose among a sedan, station wagon or five-door fastback body style. It has a six-cylinder V8 petrol engine mated with an eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic transmission.
5. Cadillac CTS
The Cadillac CTS is a mid-size luxury car from General Motors. The car first came into production in 2002 and is assembled in Michigan and in China. Based on the GM Alpha platform, it has a front engine layout with a choice between a four-wheel and all-wheel drive. It has a 3.6-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission system.
4. Mercedes Benz E Class
The Mercedes Benz E Class is an executive car from Mercedes Benz. Though its roots can be traced back to the 1930’s, the E class name was only introduced in 1993. It has a front engine layout with either a rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. The car is assembled in Germany, Mexico, India, Egypt and China. It comes in a four-door sedan, five-door station wagon, two door coupe, or two-door convertible.
3. Infiniti G
The Infiniti G is an entry-level compact executive luxury car from Nissan Motor Company. The car was first released to the market in 1990. The fourth generation of the vehicle is assembled in Japan and has a front engine layout with either a rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The car comes in a two-door coupe, two-door convertible or four-door sedan. Based on the Nissan FM platform, the car boasts of a 3.7-liter V6 engine with a maximum power of 348 horsepower. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmission system. Infiniti has already announced a fifth generation to be released in 2014. The new model will be named as the Infiniti Q50.
2. BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series is a compact executive car from BMW. It first came into production in 1975. It is considered as the best selling model of the carmaker and it accounts for nearly a third of the annual total sales of the company. The multi awarded vehicle has a front engine layout with a choice between an all-wheel and front-wheel drive. Buyers can choose among three different body styles, namely the four-door sedan, the five-door touring and the five-door hatchback. The convertible, coupe and gran coupe models have been separated by the car company and will be called the BMW 4 Series. A hybrid version will also be released.
1. Mercedes Benz C Class
The Mercedes Benz C Class is a compact executive car from Mercedes Benz. The car was first released in 1993. The current version came into production in 2007 and is assembled in Germany, South Africa, Egypt, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and China. The car is based on the automobile giant’s W204 platform. Buyers can choose between a four-door sedan and a five-door estate body style. The top of the line model is a 6.2-liter M156 V8 AMG engine mated with a seven-speed automatic transmission system. A diesel version of the vehicle is also available.