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Ford Escape Tops Most Stolen SUV and Crossover List

2013 Escape Some SUVs and crossovers are more likely to get stolen than others, at least according to a new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Of 2011-13 model year vehicles, the Ford Escape topped NICB’s list of most stolen SUVs, with 1,421 vehicles stolen between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2013. The Escape is followed by the Ford Edge, Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Kia Sorento, which round out the top five. Of the 21,711 SUVs ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, Vehicle Theft

Upsides and Downsides of Driving Diesel

2014 Mercedes E-Class Diesel There’s a good chance that you don’t know anyone who drives a diesel vehicle. At the end of 2012, an analysis performed by R.L. Polk & Company for Diesel Technology Forum showed that less than 3 percent of registered passenger vehicles in the U.S. were diesel. However, the number of diesel vehicles on the road could increase in the near future. “Some analysts predict diesel sales will reach 10 percent of the U.S. market by 2020 ... continue reading»

Tags: Analysis, Alternative Fuels, Stats and Studies, Fuel Economy, diesel

Preventing a Vehicle Rollover Requires Catlike Reflexes

Automakers might be able to learn a couple new tricks from big cats, at least according to a recent study from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. PBS.org reports that researchers Amir Patel and Martin Braae unveiled a remote-controlled car named Dima, which remains stable in sharp turns with the help of a cheetah-inspired tail. Dima has a top-heavy design, but its tail eliminates some of the rollover risk that’s generally associated with vehicles that have ... continue reading»

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Mercedes Tops List of Stolen Luxury Vehicles

2012 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Sedan You may not be the only one eyeing your neighbor’s Mercedes, as a new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau indicates that car thieves prefer Mercedes-Benz to other luxury brands. NICB says that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class and S-Class are all among the top 10 stolen luxury vehicles. The report found that 4,384 luxury cars from the 2010-12 model years were stolen between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2012. Of the models analyzed, the Mercedes C-Class ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, Mercedes Benz, Vehicle Theft

Diesel Vehicles are Less Expensive to Own

Volkswagen Golf TDI Although they often cost more up front, a new study indicates that diesel-powered cars, trucks and SUVs have lower ownership costs in the long run. In a press release, dieselforum.org says that diesel models cost $2,000 to $6,000 less to own over three to five years than comparable gas-powered vehicles. The study was conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute for Robert Bosch LLC, which makes automotive parts for diesel- and gasoline-powered vehicles. Diesel cars ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, diesel, Ownership Costs

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