AMI Insurance has released its data on vehicle theft insurance claims over the past three years.
The Mazda Demio accounts for 10% of all claims in the report, even though the Demio makes up only 1.5 percent of the country’s vehicle fleet. The Mazda Atenza came in second, with the Nissan Tiida taking third place.
Auckland had the highest number of thefts with 39 percent, that’s 4489 individual claims. Canterbury was runner-up with 2074 claims.
Top 10 most stolen vehicles across New Zealand*:
1st – Mazda Demio – 1,176 claims
2nd – Mazda Atenza (also known as Mazda6) – 774 claims
3rd – Nissan Tiida – 700 claims
4th – Subaru Legacy – 458 claims
5th – Mazda Familia – 456 claims
6th – Subaru Impreza – 387 claims
7th – Toyota Hilux – 384 claims
8th – Ford Courier – 264 claims
9th – Subaru Forester – 237 claims
10th – Honda Civic – 187 claims
Vehicle theft claims by region:
- Northland – Toyota Hilux
- Auckland – Nissan Tiida
- Taranaki – Mazda Demio
- Bay of Plenty – Mazda Demio
- East Coast – Mazda Atenza
- Hawkes Bay – Mazda Demio
- Wairarapa – Ford Courier
- Wellington – Mazda Demio
- Nelson – Mazda Demio
- West Coast – Toyota Hilux
- Canterbury – Toyota Hilux
- Otago – Mazda Demio
- Southland – Mazda Demio
Mazda Atenza ranked highest in both the Manawatu & Waikato regions making it the most stolen vehicle type in the Central North Island.
AMI’s Executive General Manager Claims Wayne Tippet said;
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in the value of second-hand cars due to supply-chain disruptions and shortages of parts, amongst other factors”
Despite being the most stolen car, the report indicates that Mazda Demios were the most likely to be recovered following a theft. Over the past three years, 94 percent of Demio cars were recovered.
*Numbers based on AMI Insurance motor claims data from 2019-2021.