from Driven Car Guide

The Toyota Aqua (above) has taken the top spot from the Mazda Demio as the nation’s most frequently stolen car, according to the latest data from insurance provider AMI.

In 2022 the Toyota Aqua, also known as the NZ-new Prius C, accounted for 11 per cent of AMI’s vehicle theft claims, despite only making up 1.47 per cent of the country’s fleet.

That pushes the Mazda Demio into second place, closely followed by the Nissan Tiida. Other top 10 risks are the Mazda Atenza (Mazda 6), Toyota MarkX, Toyota Vitz, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Corolla, Subaru Impreza and Mazda Familia. The MarkX is a hotlist newcomer for AMI, with theft claims surging in recent years from only 21 in 2020 to 441 in 2022, a 2000 per cent increase in just three years.

This pattern is mirrored across the rest of the data, as theft claims soared to new highs in 2022, up 43 per cent on the year prior. This is a growing trend, despite a covid-related dip in 2020.“ Across New Zealand, we received 8492 claims for vehicle thefts in 2022, up 43 per cent on the year before, and up 54 per cent from 2019, says Wayne Tippet, AMI executive general manager of claims. 

1. Toyota Aqua
2. Mazda Demio
3. Nissan Tiida
4. Mazda Atenza (Mazda 6)
5. Toyota MarkX
6. Toyota Vitz
7. Subaru Legacy
8. Toyota Corolla
9. Subaru Impreza
10. Mazda Familia

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