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DETROIT — The 1995 Saturn SL was the nation’s most-stolen vehicle last year based on thefts versus the number of models registered, but hot-selling cars from Asian manufacturers remain popular targets, a new report shows.

One out of every 200 registered 1995 Saturn SLs was stolen in 2003, placing it ahead of the 1998 Acura Integra and the 1994 Saturn SL as the vehicle thieves targeted most, according to Chicago-based CCC Information Services Inc., an insurance industry tracker of trends in theft and vehicle damage.

CCC changed the way it calculated its list for 2003, combining stolen-vehicle data with vehicle registrations from R.L. Polk & Co. to determine the rate of theft as a percentage of registered models. In the past, it has reported only the brand and model year of those vehicles pilfered the most.

As such, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, two of the best-selling vehicles in North America, fell from the top of the list to the middle of the top 25.

Acura, Honda’s luxury brand, had six versions of the Integra in the top 10.

“We can’t determine the exact reason thieves prefer some vehicles, but our data suggests some cars are stolen for the value of their parts, which may explain why we often see a ‘clustering’ effect with (specific) models from sequential model years,” said Mary Jo Prigge, CCC’s president of sales and service.

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Thats because they keep breaking down so often that thieves thrive on selling the parts! And they did sell a pile of those little buggers in that time period.
 

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The whole thing is baffling. Why steal a Saturn, of all cars?

JOY-ride? I think not.

Parts aren't horrifically expensive.

They're not so common that everyone knows how to steal them.

Baffling.
 
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