According to Automotive News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a new report on vehicle theft rates in 2009, and as it turns out, the Audi S8, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and BMW M5 had the highest theft rates of the year. The report specifically focuses on passenger cars and excludes vehicles like pickup trucks and SUVs. Technically, only two S8 sedans were reported stolen in 2009, but since Audi only produced 227 units that year and the report uses a number of thefts per vehicles produced ratio, the high performance luxury sedan took the crown. The flip side of that coin, however, is that high-volume models like the Toyota Camry, which have a higher number of thefts, aren't as clearly represented in the results.

The Camry was the best-selling passenger car in 2009, and that crown helped see 781 stolen from their owners. Compare that figure to the second-most stolen vehicle in the report; the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which had just five units out of 581 stolen.

Overall, NHTSA says that the vehicle theft rate declined by 21.3 percent in 2009 compared to 2008.


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      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats a flawed way of coming up with this list.
        MazdaMatt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oceanblue78
        Agreed, but it is an interesting perspective. The usual versions of these lists just show 1996 Accords, etc because they have the highest overall volume.
      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would like to know is with all the electronic wizardry in an S8, how do you steal it without the keys? Same for for the M5 and GT500. Cars 'stolen' by insolent teenage children and irate exgirlfriends should be excluded.
      Jason Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this report meant to do anything or make some point? It seems too arbitrary to be very instructive, 7 stolen vehicles over one year constitutes as proof that those two cars are THE most stolen!?!? This is a waste of time and energy and NHTSA should be ashamed they aren't doing something that might be useful.
      Manuel Carrillo III
      • 3 Years Ago
      How the hell is that a proper measurement if it is calculated according to number of vehicles manufactured? What the eff!
      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. Audi S8 2. Ford Shelby GT Mustang 3. BMW M5 4. Dodge Charger 5. Honda S2000 6. Mitsubishi Galant 7. Chrysler 300 8. Infiniti M35/45 9. Cadillac STS 10. Mercedes CL Class One of these cars is not like the other.....
      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. Audi S8 2. Ford Shelby GT 3. BMW M5 4. Dodge Charger 5. Honda S2000 6. Mitsubishi Galant 7. Chrysler 300 8. Infiniti M35/45 9. Cadillac STS 10. Mercedes CL Class One of these cars is not like the other....
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can't steal an S8 without the key. So those two were the result of owner carelessness or carjacking. I wouldn't worry about it.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Oops. Of course you can flatbed it. You can pick it up with a crane from its cage over a brick wall.
      Tarantula
      • 3 Years Ago
      (Robotic voice) Cannot compute.......(and slowly shuts down)...!!