People just love driving Mercedes-Benz products and they’ll do pretty much anything to get behind the wheel. Case in point, the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class models were all in the top 10 cars listed on a National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) report on luxury vehicle thefts.
That helped give the German automaker the accolade of being the most stolen luxury brand in North America, but doesn’t exactly prove that Mercedes vehicles are easy to steal. In fact, according to NICB spokesman Frank Scafidi, it’s more of an indication of “who is driving Mercedes vehicles rather than what makes them more attractive to thieves.”
In addition, sales of Mercedes vehicles naturally mean there’s more of them on the road. The C-Class is one of the German automaker’s best-selling models but only 485 of them were stolen from 2009-2012. Mercedes was quick to add that despite its vehicles being stolen the most commonly, they are also quickly recovered thanks to the mbrace system, which includes a stolen vehicle tracking feature.
The BMW 3 Series was in second place with 471 thefts while the Infiniti G series was third with 405 thefts. The rest of the list is as follows:
4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class: 381 Thefts
5. Cadillac CTS: 326 Thefts
6. BMW 5 Series: 256 Thefts
7. Lincoln MKZ: 226 Thefts
8. Acura TSX: 190 Thefts
9. Lexus IS: 177 Thefts
10. Mercedes-Benz S-Class: 163 Thefts
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